The Symphony Learning Trust - established 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Symphony Learning Trust - established 2016                                                                      

The structure of SLT

We believe that strong collaboration with shared accountability can lead to better progress and attainment for pupils, and help all of the MAT schools meet rising expectations and to improve:

  • Outcomes for children

  • Opportunities for economies of scale

  • The robust nature of our accountability towards and for one another

  • All partner schools’ capacity to dictate their own direction

This helps us to continue to build upon the work of symphony in which;

  • Our school leaders and teachers share thinking and planning to spread expertise and tackle challenges together

  • Our Governors come together to share strategic thinking, to combine skills and to support each other during challenging times

  • shared professional development can more easily be arranged, whether led by staff from one of the partner schools or an outside body


    A Multi-Academy Trust in which four lead schools share the accountability for outcomes would, additionally, benefit from the fact that:

  • Our school leaders, teachers and other staff could be shared across more than one school, enabling us to find different solutions to recruitment challenges, to retain staff by providing new opportunities within the group and to plan succession more effectively;

  • Our groups of schools would find it easier to find and fund specialist expertise (specialist teachers and specialists in areas such as data analysis, finance, health and safety, HR) and provide richer curricular and extra-curricular activities;

  • No one Lead School would be left vulnerable in a crisis but the significant expertise of each can be utilised on an equal footing;

Members – (five)

  • Three external to the Trust and two from the trustee board ( Chair and Vice-Chair);
  • Meet at least once  per year (or as required), late November:
  • Presentation of accounts;
  • Report presented by the Trustees (overview of performance).

Trustees- (eleven)

  • No trustees will be employed by the SLT;
  • From January 2108, a programme of trustee replacement advised by Academy Ambassors to ensure most trustees do not have an interest in a school within the Trust as a local governor;
  • Appointed by the members based on skills audit;
  • Meet termly;
  • Presentation of an overview of performance of each individual school;
  • Strategic approach to agree priorities for the MAT;
  • Utilise skills-based expertise to delegate resources.

MAT Committees

  • Executive Committee ( CEO, Head of the Teaching School and the Executive Headteachers);
  • Business Management Committee (e.g. all finance, HR, H&S, property) – Business Managers (Lead Schools), Accounting Officer, up to two Trustees (skill based)
  • School Improvement  Committee (e.g. school improvement, peer reviews, paedogogy development & research, monitoring of standards in all schools, data analysis, scrutiny and moderation of learning and teaching) – Executive Heads, Heads  of School, Head teachers,
  • Finance committee ( up to five trustees, CFO, CEO/Accounting Officer)

This model shows Trust Level, Governance Level and Lead School organisation of the MAT

The Trust Level of the Organisation

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