Multi-Academy Trust FAQs
Multi-Academy Trusts can be complex and difficult to understand. Read our FAQs, which clarify some of the questions that we frequently receive.
An Academy is an independent state funded school. They have more freedoms than those schools under local authority control. When a school becomes an Academy the employees of the school transfer over to the new Trust or Sponsor. The Academy is run by a Charitable Trust however still managed on a day to day basis by the Headteacher who is then called a principle.
There are a number of considered advantages through a MAT structure including:
Dependant on the schemes of delegation some schools report a loss of autonomy and decision making especially in larger chains. Once you are part of a MAT many decisions are taken from your hands and you are no longer your own legal entity.
See our step-by-step academy conversion process. The process can be complex, and the DfE advises that you seek advice to help you through the process.
The responsibilities of the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) include; monitoring performance of Academies and intervening where underperformance is found; making strategic decisions on the creation of MATs and granting academy orders; ensuring there are enough academy sponsors meets local demand.
TUPE refers to the "Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006" as amended by the "Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014". Staff working at the ‘old school’ are transferred to the new employer ‘the Trust’ with contractual protections. This is a complex process and it is advised you seek HR advice from a specialist.
A local authority or the secretary of state may intervene when a school is deemed as ‘eligible for intervention’. A school may meet this criteria if;
There is a warning notice in place issued by the local authority in respect of performance of the school or if a warning notice has not been complied with;
The school has been judged as a Grade 3 or Grade 4 school (Requiring Improvement or Inadequate) by Ofsted.