MAT Growth and Efficiency
The Trust Capacity Fund will continue to support MAT growth and development. We can produce TCaF applications for eligible MATs.Find out more
Place Group can offer support in MAT Development plans and in conducting reviews of your schools’ and Trust’s performanceFind out more
Behaviour Hubs will enable schools and Trusts to engage with other establishments and share behavioural approaches, to help improve partner schools.Find out more
Teaching School Hubs
The Teaching Hubs programme will create 87 centres of excellence with the aim of providing teachers training and high-quality, evidence-based development.Find out more
The Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) 2020-2021 is the successor programme to the Trust Capacity Fund 2019-2020 which will continue to support MAT growth and development across England. TCaF 2020-2021 will also support outstanding or good local authority maintained rural hamlet and rural village schools to collaborate and create new, strong Multi-Academy Trusts.
There are 2 periods within the 2020-2021 financial year to apply for the Trust Capacity Fund:
1. April 2020 until July 2020
2. September 2020 until December 2020
Place Group can help MATs produce all elements of TCaF applications during 2020, including taking on the time commitment and organising your thoughts and ideas into a successful submission.
Your TCaF application can be supplementary to the academisation support that we offer and can also be included, where relevant, in Growth Strategy plans within the procurement planning section of application.
Our expert team can support the submission of an application – including through the production of a MAT Growth Strategy – for any one of the five TCaF Strands
- Strand A1: supporting strong MATs to grow and innovate in areas of long-standing need
- Strand A2: encouraging strong MATs to grow by converting and improving weaker maintained schools or adding vulnerable academies to their trust and improving them
- Strand B: accelerating the development of mid-sized MATs with the potential to be strong
- Strand C: creating new strong MATs, either by single academy trusts joining larger trusts or by supporting the growth of existing trusts via mergers or priority projects, identified by regional schools commissioners (RSCs)
- Strand D: supporting outstanding or good local authority maintained rural schools to collaborate and create new, strong Multi-Academy Trusts
Our team can support compelling submissions aligned to themes including:
- Value for money
- Resource Management
Since the initiation of the Academies Act 2010, Place Group has been at its forefront, working with Multi-Academy Trusts to provide expertise and capacity. We support Trusts in all aspects of their growth and development, and our team have a full 360-degree perspective on what it takes to build a framework for success. We even established our own Multi-Academy Trust in 2012, which has since successfully opened seven free schools each with Good or Outstanding Ofsted judgments, and an eighth joined the Trust 2020.
We have been conducting reviews of MATs’ performance since 2013, when we were engaged by an academy trust seeking external validation and advice to drive quicker improvements at a school and Trust level. As with all our services, each is designed with the exact requirements of the Trust at the forefront, including;
- Strategy/Trust Improvement Plan Review
- Financial/Operations Review
- Audit of the Monitoring Cycle
- Governance Review
- Safeguarding/CP and Policy Review
- Resource and Efficiency Planning
- Strategies for Growth
Behaviour Hubs will enable schools and Trusts to engage with other establishments and share behavioural approaches, to help improve partner schools. Further details can be viewed here.
All schools and MATs must fit a minimum eligibility criteria to be able to apply and schools must have an outstanding judgement from Ofsted.
Place Group is supporting schools and MATs by developing and producing a compelling applications, before the submission deadline of 30 October 2020. Place Group can also support schools and MATs by reviewing their evolving submissions with our team of experts providing advice and thoughts on such application content and themes.
Teaching School Hubs
The Teaching School Hubs programme will replace the previous network of around 750 teaching schools with a network of 87 centres of excellence with the aim of providing teachers training and high-quality, evidence-based development for teachers and school leaders at all stages of their careers. Hubs will receive an annual grant for 3 years subject to performance against KPIs. Further details can be viewed here. The deadline for application submissions to DfE is 30 October 2020.
Place Group can support schools and Trusts to produce and/or quality assure the key elements of applications. This includes taking on the time commitment to organise the school’s thoughts and ideas into a compelling (and high quality first draft) submission aligned to its existing experience and capability.
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