My School and Multi Academy Trust Growth Guide
Making the complex world of school governance simple and accessible to all. A step by step guide for school governors and trustees.
“Al is a pioneer in transforming school learning but has also been a consistent support for many of us working in the sector - he quietly champions the small fish whilst having a huge global impact. The nicest man in EdTech.”
“Al has a comprehensive knowledge of governance at every level and was my go to person for help. His approach to existing Trustees was both friendly and supportive, offering strong guidance tinged with a good sense of humour.”
“Al is a breath of fresh air - constantly sharing learning, always offering a supportive hand and continually pushing out his positivity!”
"Al’s work in governance across a variety of settings and demonstrating local leadership in the field continues to be a valuable source of expertise for governing bodies to access"
Strategic Lead for Governance (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough)
“I’ve heard Al speak, and I’m delighted he has written this book. The sector is still relatively young, and the more people like Al share wisdom, the quicker we learn. If only this has been written eight years ago, my time at Chiltern Learning Trust would have been much smoother!”
MY SCHOOL AND
Multi AcademY TRUST Growth guide
With over two decades of education experience across Infant, Primary, Secondary, All-through and Alternative Provision schools and Academies, distilled into an easy-to-read format, My School & Multi Academy Trust Growth Guide aims to support the discussions and key considerations for any trust or school looking at their next steps for growth.
This consolidated guide will take you step by step through the key considerations as part of your growth journey, the opportunities and pathways available, balancing risk vs. reward, capacity considerations, due diligence and more. It is aimed as a catalyst to support discussions with board members and senior leadership and provide key checklists to support your decision-making process.
With an ever-changing educational landscape and a clear trajectory for growth and scale within our MATs, this guide is an ideal companion and “litmus test” for school leaders, trustees and governors involved in their school or Trusts strategic planning.
“I first met Al in 2020 when he provided support to our failing MAT. From the start he gave me invaluable assistance allowing for a successful transfer to a new MAT. Al has a clear vision of child focused education, and his depth of knowledge in all things educational was priceless.
Al has a comprehensive knowledge of governance at every level and was my go to person for help. His approach to existing Trustees was both friendly and supportive, offering strong guidance tinged with a good sense of humour.”
About the author.
He is Group CEO of NetSupport Ltd, an internationally acclaimed EdTech vendor, and has lived and worked in both the UK and US. He is Chair of a Multi Academy Academy Trusts and Chair of an Alternative Provision Academy, all in the East of England.
Alongside these roles, Al also sits on the Regional Schools Commissioner’s advisory board for the East of England and North-East London and is an independent Chair of the county’s SEND board.
As a firm supporter of lifelong learning, he is also a regional Apprenticeship Ambassador and Chair of the Employment & Skills board for his region’s combined authority.
An active writer about all things Education and Governance, Al is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and sits on the advisory council for the Foundation for Education Development.