Last reviewed on 24 February 2022
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Explore how your multi-academy trust (MAT) can collaborate with other trusts and maintained schools. We explain what sorts of partnerships you can form, and advise on how to set up these collaborations to ensure they’re worth your time.

The advice in this article comes from one of our associate education experts, Mark Trusson, and from Fred Birkett, an experienced teacher and education consultant.

Types of collaboration available

With other trusts

You can set up a collaborative partnership. This will enable both you and another trust to run as separate organisations and retain your autonomy, while working together on specific areas under a formal collaborative agreement

There are no rules on how to organise this kind of partnership, but having a joint governing board committee could create multiple confusing layers of governance. Set up regular meetings instead between boards.

With maintained schools

However, this collaboration can’t involve a federated governing board or formal joint committees of the governing boards. This