Developing leadership across a MAT

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This course is available to full members of CPD Toolkit, but you can try out a selection of our most popular courses as part of a free trial. 

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How can you lead efficiently and effectively across a multi-academy trust (MAT)? 
This course is designed to enable leaders across a MAT to:

• Develop a shared language and gain clarity about their vision and values

• Articulate their priorities and ambition for the future

• Understand current theories on leadership 

• Collaborate on school improvement

• Strengthen and support high-quality teaching

The course was developed in partnership with Mary Myatt, an education adviser, writer and speaker. 


The course is suitable for CEOs, senior leaders and managers across primary, secondary and cross-phase MATs. It consists of four sessions, that can be easily adapted to the timings and needs of your school.

Sessions in detail

Session 1 - Establishing trust and revisiting vision and values


  • Revisit the importance of a vision and values 
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of establishing the conditions for trust
  • Consider how to align the vision and values of individual schools within the MAT
  • Understand how to achieve buy-in from colleagues
Session 2 - Leadership models and managing change

  • Establish leadership profiles and consider the skills you might need to develop further
  • Learn about leadership styles and how they can be context dependent 
  • Identify the levers for change
  • Examine the consequences for these in your own and other settings
  • Explore how learnings can be applied in future situations
Session 3 - Securing improvements across a trust
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Session 4 - Maintaining momentum
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How it works

We've created CPD Toolkit to take the time, cost and effort out of developing your own training.

"There is a real need for teachers to not only have access to the latest evidence base on what helps pupils, but for it to be in a format that is really practical to use. That is exactly what you get from The Key."     Bradley Busch, content partner for our course on Developing a growth mindset

Using our training is simple:

1. Download the materials, created with subject specialists, and quality assured for your peace of mind

2. Quickly adapt the resources to meet the needs of your school 

3. Deliver engaging training, with the support of comprehensive facilitator guidance

4. Evaluate the impact of your training to identify areas where staff need further support