The general consensus for MATs of any size is that efficiency is the key priority, and many would argue that centralisation must form the cornerstone of a financially healthy trust. There is growing evidence that MATs that do centralise, are better off financially, allowing them to reinvest in pupil outcomes.
But what is emerging from those MATs, is that they focus on maintaining a balance between local control at school level and bringing in expertise to the central function that an individual academy might not have previously had access to.
New technology means it is easier than ever before for trusts to make their own version of centralisation work, allowing them to shape their processes and systems in the best way to achieve cost savings, maximise resources and deliver strong governance.
Our new white paper, Checks and Balance, has gathered the views of leadership teams within MATs and education thought-leaders, and found that the polarisation between centralisation and autonomy is becoming less pronounced, with some trusts taking a middle way.
Discover our findings by reading our Checks and Balance white paper, available here.