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MATs: Building positive relationships

In a world of multi-academy trusts, there is a new onus on how federations and trusts must build positive relationships and collaboration within and across their schools. Leora Cruddas looks at approaches that are emerging

Multi-academy trusts (MATs) need to ensure all the schools in their group are engaged in a shared vision for the future and that means keeping everyone on board during times of change.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. No-one is quite sure who first came up with this phrase – Aristotle perhaps, or another great thinker – but in my view it captures the concept of the MAT rather well.

By sharing skills, knowledge and experience, trusts can get schools working together to achieve the best outcomes for pupils – and that seems like a powerful philosophy to me.

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