MAT Matchmaking Area

Due to the overwhelming success, the MAT Matchmaking Area returns for London 2020!

Due to the increase in the number of Multi-Academy Trusts in the UK and an increase in the number of attendees from Multi-Academy Trusts, The Schools & Academies Show London returns with the highly talked about MAT Matchmaking Area.

In April 2017, there were only 738 MATs in the UK. As of May 2019, there are now 1,507 MAT’s across the United Kingdom (over a 100% increase in just two years).

All MAT leaders and wider senior leadership teams that register for the Show will be offered the option to upgrade free of charge to a VIP ticket which will give them access to the MAT Matchmaking Area. Ahead of the show, they will also be offered the chance to pre-book their seat in one or more of the roundtable discussions.


The MAT Matchmaking Area will feature a wide range of intimate roundtable discussion groups around key areas that are affecting MATs. The roundtables will cover a variety of topics:

  • The Role of Trustees and Members in Providing Direction, Values and Accountability
  • Surgeon or Architect: Styles of MAT Leadership
  • Value Driven: Improving your MAT’s Culture
  • Procurement within your MAT
  • Streamlining Back Office Functions
  • Efficiency Savings in your MAT
  • Growing Pains: How to Support Healthy MAT Growth
  • MAT Geographical Expansion
  • Building Capacity of your MAT
  • Getting the Foundations Right: Capital Projects in MATs
  • Curriculum-Led Financial Planning
  • MAT Assessment & Evaluation: What Direction are Heading in?

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