Structural Reform RIG Meeting

Mark your calendar for the next Structural Reform RIG meeting, entitled 'MATS: Leadership and Governance Trajectories', which is taking place online on Tuesday 31st May, 10am - 12pm (BST).

The meeting will focus around research on MATs, with the emphasis being on governance.

Joining us on the day will be Dr James Capper (of Staffordshire University)whose autoethnographic account will be followed Geoff Mountjoy’s work (of Bath Spa University). Both presentations emanate from doctoral research. Read more about this below...

James Capper
Staffordshire University

The education landscape in England has undergone considerable change over the last two decades and a significant part of that change in the schooling sector is owing to the formation of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs).

This doctorial study and subsequent papers under development investigate the creation and early development of one university-sponsored MAT in England using an in-depth qualitative research design. The research involves ten participants from across a MAT, including senior leaders from both the sponsor University and the Academy. Trustees, middle leaders, lecturers and teachers were also interviewed over a 12-month period using semi-structured interviews. The thesis presents different perspectives on the early stages of MAT formation, from the sponsor University, the Academy and the MAT.

Utilising an autoethnographic insider researcher approach, this thesis explains the reasons why a university and an academy school formed a MAT. It investigates how this relationship developed and operated, also seeking to understand the role of leadership and governance and the experience of the individuals involved.

Geoff Mountjoy
Bath Spa University

'Developing constructive governance and leadership relationships in a changing educational landscape'

Government educational policy places MATs at the heart of the English educational system. But how do stakeholders measure whether a MAT is successful and do evolving governance structures impact on what is judged as success?

This research is based around interviews with CEOs and Trustee Chairs in the South West of England which identify emerging themes addressing the moments of truth MATs face, the developing spheres of influence and redefinition of governance structures.


Registration to the event is free. We look forward to seeing you online on the 31st May. 

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Tue 31 May 2022
  • Fri 27 May 2022
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