MAT Growth and Efficiency

TCaF Applications

The Trust Capacity Fund continues to support MAT growth and development. Place Group can produce TCaF applications for eligible MATs.

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MAT and SAT Development

We can offer support in MAT and SAT Development plans and in conducting reviews of your schools’ and Trust’s performance

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The Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) and The Trust Establishment and Growth (TEG) Fund Applications

We have a long and successful track record in supporting Multi-Academy Trusts with their applications to the TCaF and the TEG fund. With the current application window for each fund now open (closing on the 25th June), this will be the final opportunity to apply for these funds.

TCaF is a competitive grant fund available to help eligible trusts to grow, including to support school onboarding projects. The grant can be used to implement new central processes such as those related to school improvement, IT, finance and HR, especially to establish new staffing posts relating to trust-wide school improvement and growth..

The TEG Fund is is especially aimed at providing start-up funding for projects in their initial stages – essentially for those organisations wishing to establish a new trust or to set up a hub/presence in a particular (new) geographic area.

You will need to have approval at the appropriate Advisory Board for a school or schools to join your trust (through sponsorship or academy conversion) or for your trust to merge with another. If a school is rated Inadequate or Requires Improvement, and/or if a school is located in an Education Investment Area (EIA), you will be eligible for a higher strand of funding.

We can also help you to develop and finalise a growth strategy in support of a TCaF or TEG application.

A Strong Track Record in Education

Our team of professionals, with many years’ experience of senior leadership in a wide variety of schools and education settings, has significant expertise in aligning your growth strategy and capacity needs with the Department for Education’s priorities.

  • We have been developing trust growth strategies since the very first academy was formed, and have since established over 100 new academies, managed the creation of new MATs and delivered hundreds of academy convertors.
  •  We have established our very own MAT in 2013, a thriving trust of 13 Good and Outstanding schools, with help from TCaF.
  • Over several years, we have enabled many trusts to access significant amounts of money (up to £750,000 for each) to help them grow especially by financing new staffing posts.

If you would welcome an exploratory, and very informal, chat about how we can support with an application (including an expenditure plan) to TCaF and/or TEG and associated growth projects, please please contact Place Group here.

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MAT and SAT Development

Since the initiation of the Academies Act 2010, Place Group has been at its forefront, working with Multi-Academy Trusts and Single Academy Trusts to provide expertise and capacity. In 2019 and 2020 we have been particularly helping Trusts to grow in size and membership aligned to their ambitions and strategies.

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 trusts’ 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;

  • Identifying potential candidate/partner schools/trusts
  • Brokerage support for negotiating with potential partners
  • 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

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