How MATs can grow their trust, including using a trust partnership arrangement.


Building strong academy trusts: guidance for academy trusts and prospective converters

PDF, 359KB, 43 pages

Trust partnerships guidance

PDF, 148KB, 9 pages

Trust partnerships service level agreement

MS Word Document, 105KB

Multi-academy trust (MAT): school improvement capacity framework

PDF, 364KB, 22 pages


Building strong academy trusts

This document:

  • sets out the vision and design principles for the academies programme
  • provides guidance on joining, creating and growing academy trusts

Trust partnerships guidance

This document:

  • explains what trust partnerships are and how they work
  • provides some examples of trusts and schools who have entered into a partnership

Trust partnership service level agreement

This is an example of the legal document required to formalise a trust partnership. It has been written for use by a multi-academy trust and school but can be adapted where needed.

MAT school improvement capacity framework

This is a voluntary tool to help academy trusts understand their most significant areas of strength and challenge.

Published 9 December 2016
Last updated 28 April 2021 + show all updates

  1. Updated ‘Building strong academy trusts’. Added ‘Trust partnerships guidance’ and ‘Trust partnership service level agreement’. Removed ‘Multi-academy trust (MAT): resources’, ‘Multi-academy trust (MAT): development programme resource’ and Multi-academy trust (MAT): good practice guidance and expectations for growth’.

  2. Added updated MAT school improvement capacity framework.

  3. Added an updated version of the ‘Multi-academy trust (MAT): school improvement capacity framework’.

  4. Added ‘Multi-acadamy trust (MAT): school improvement capacity framework’.

  5. Added ‘MAT development programme: resource’.

  6. Added updated resources for multi-academy trusts.

  7. First published.