the trust diagnostic

A path to expertise, collaboration and peer review - by Sir David Carter

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5 insights for the trust system

What we've learned

The first year of the Trust Diagnostic has shown us that MATs share many of the same challenges. There are five themes we discussed time and time again.  

Vision, values and ethos

A shared vision, set of values and ethos are critical for a trust. But you need to deliver on your vison with a transformational strategy: all decisions, processes and system need to flow from that source.  

The role of the CEO

CEOs must shift from being the principle leader of school support to becoming the creator of the next generation of school improvers.  

Effective governance

The three factors to effective governance are your board’s skill set, a transparent scheme of delegation and a decision-making framework informed by due diligence, evidence and data.  

School improvement

Trusts have to agree the improvement responsibilities that lie centrally, and those that remain with their schools. Clarity is crucial.  

Talent development

Workload and wellbeing should be central to talent development strategies, along with effective internal communications to show the benefits of being part of your trust.  

More about Ambition Institute

Who we are

Ambition Institute is a national education charity. We run training programmes for teachers, school leaders and system leaders who serve children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

What we do

We want to ensure there are expert teachers in every classroom, being led by exceptional school leaders at all levels. Through our suite of programmes we’re now able to support educators at every stage – from new teachers through to MAT CEOs and trustees.

Why we exist

We know that children from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t do as well at school and we know that improving teaching and school leadership is the best way to fix this.

Our expertise

Our programmes are informed by the latest research and the lessons we’ve learned from great teachers and school leaders like you. We don’t have all the answers, but we use both evidence and the wisdom of experts to guide our way.

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