MAT CEO development vendor to be chosen by “end of April”

A vendor to create a curriculum for a new multi-academy CEO development program will be chosen by spring – and begin delivering at the start of the next academic year.

The Department of Education’s ‘MAT CEO Development Offering’ is designed by an expert advisory group, which includes trust CEOs, industry leaders and trustee chairs.

In a notice on the government’s contract search service this week, the DfE said it was looking for a supplier to turn this into a ‘workable delivery programme’ and would hold online events to summarize the requirements later this month -this.

He said sourcing to find a supplier would begin in the new year, with a contract awarded by the end of April 2023.

And he added that the first cohort is expected to begin teaching in September 2023, with a full program schedule already in place.

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In the Schools White Paper earlier this year, the DfE announced its ambition that by 2030 all schools will be in ‘strong’ MATs or intend to join or form one.

He said he anticipated the growing number of academies would require “strong leadership” and the creation of a “pool of new leaders”.

The DfE launched the advisory group earlier this academic year aimed at defining the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to serve as CEOs for major MATs.

The group was also tasked with determining the target audience, duration and design of the program, as well as the delivery model required to meet the broader needs of the education sector.

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