July 1, 2023

How does a multi-academy trust know if its vision and strategy are aligned with its growth plan?

How does a multi-academy trust know if its vision and strategy are aligned with its growth plan?

Several steps can be taken to ensure alignment between the vision, strategy, and growth plan of a multi-academy trust.

    Review the vision statement: Start by revisiting the MAT’s vision statement. It should articulate the long-term aspirations and overarching goals of the trust. Evaluate whether the current vision statement aligns with the desired growth plan. If necessary, refine the vision to ensure it reflects the direction in which the MAT aims to grow.

    Assess the strategy: Analyse the MAT’s strategy in detail. The strategy should outline the specific actions, initiatives, and priorities that will enable the trust to achieve its vision. Consider whether the current strategy is in line with the growth plan. Assess whether the strategy adequately addresses the challenges and opportunities associated with growth.

    Evaluate growth objectives: Examine the growth objectives outlined in the MAT’s growth plan. These objectives might include the number of schools to be added to the trust, geographical expansion plans, or other growth-related targets. Ensure that the growth objectives align with the overall vision and strategy of the MAT. Evaluate whether the growth plan is realistic, feasible, and consistent with the trust’s resources and capabilities.

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    Engage stakeholders: Consult and involve key stakeholders within the MAT, such as trustees, governors, school leaders, and staff members. Seek their input and perspectives on the alignment between the vision, strategy, and growth plan. Gather feedback on the strengths, weaknesses, and potential risks associated with the growth plan. Engaging stakeholders in the decision-making process helps to build consensus and ensure that different perspectives are considered.

    Conduct regular reviews: Establish a process for regular reviews and evaluations of the MAT’s progress towards its growth plan. Monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) and milestones to assess whether the trust is on track. Regularly evaluate the impact of the growth initiatives on the trust’s overall vision and strategy. Adjust the growth plan and associated strategies, if necessary, based on the insights gained through these reviews.

    Seek external validation: Consider seeking external validation or independent assessments of the MAT’s alignment between vision, strategy, and growth plan. This can involve engaging external consultants, educational experts, or other organisations experienced in working with MATs. External perspectives can provide valuable insights and help identify any blind spots or areas for improvement.

    By following these steps, a multi-academy trust can ensure that its vision and strategy remain aligned with its growth plan. Regular monitoring, evaluation, and stakeholder engagement are essential to maintaining alignment as the trust evolves and expands.

    Want to discuss how Strategic Consultancy can elevate your MAT’s growth and potential? Call us on 0330 123 2549 or email enquire@strictlyeducation.co.uk we are happy to answer your questions.

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