Our Principles for Governance, Branding and Partnerships


The Executive and Central Team manage and coordinate the following for all our academies. Academies must at all times adhere to these:

  • Internal Support – managed through Central Team
  • External support and partnerships sourced through Central Team
  • School to school support – centrally sourced and coordinated
  • Memberships of organisations
  • Transition and primary liaison – centrally coordinated
  • Transition events
  • Employer partnerships and engagement – centrally coordinated
  • Term dates (set centrally and aligned as appropriate with Leicestershire and Warwickshire County Councils term dates)
  • Directed time budget
  • MAT calendar and INSET days
  • ALL MAT policies
  • Maximum of 80% of GAG spent on staffing
  • Budget and forecast process
  • All financial processes
  • Procurement
  • SLA
  • Capital spend
  • MAT central website and individual academy website design and format.
  • Centrally designed prospectus
  • MAT branding on all documentation.
  • Media relations
  • HR and Payroll
  • GDPR – DPO
  • Careers

Our Academies must use the same for the following:

  • Risk Register
  • Academy Scrutiny Committee and Curriculum, Quality and Achievement Committee Principal’s report template
  • SEF template and development plan
  • EVOLV (Trips and visits software management) – educational visits management and procedures
  • Documentation and preparation processes for accountability visits and inspections.

Our academies are expected to manage the following themselves sharing best practice wherever possible:

  • Implementation of policies and local systems to ensure their effective implementation.
  • Facilities and estates spend
  • Pupil Premium and catch-up funding expenditure and associated fixed term staff.
  • Decisions about non-staffing spend and faculty budgets.
  • Staff Conduct including dress code
  • Academy specific events, fundraising, parent voice and community relations.
  • Pupil uniform
  • Individual academy newsletters.