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Voco St John's Solihull
MAT Excellence in Action
Lead sponsor
What to expect

Delve deeper into strategies for impact with trusts shortlisted for the MAT Excellence Awards.

Improve strategy across your trust and learn from the impact achieved by trusts recognised through the MAT Excellence Awards.

  • Discuss and share innovative practice.
  • Participate in roundtables with MAT leaders.
  • Connect with trusts from across the country.
  • Compare your processes and leave inspired.
Key topics
  • Inclusive education
  • Drive efficiencies with financial strategy
  • Digital innovation that drives learning
  • What makes an effective whole-trust staff development programme?
  • Overcome challenges to transform and impact your community
'It was a fabulous way to celebrate the work of the teams and individuals who make such a difference to children’s lives through their work in the ‘engine room’ of MATs.'
Why attend

Unpack different models of working, learn from innovation and celebrate impact.


Join panel discussions with MAT leaders from across the country.


Create lasting relationships with other trust leadership teams.



Registration, refreshments and networking
Chair's welcome
The day will be comprised of panel discussions and interactive roundtables that will highlight the successes and challenges of this year's MAT Excellence Awards nominees.

Bring your questions, burning issues and best practice to share with contemporaries.
Discussion choices
1A Inclusivity
Support all students within your culture.
1B Financial strategy
Drive efficiencies as a successful CFO.
1C Digital innovation
Enhance your digital initiatives and drive learning outcomes.
Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition
Discussion choices
2A Staff development
What makes an effective whole-staff development programme?
2B Wellbeing
Support all students within your culture.
2C Transformation and impact
Overcome challenges and benefit your whole school community.
Lunch, networking and exhibition
Discussion choices
3A Strategic leadership
Lead and inspire your trust with impact as a CEO.
3B Environmental impact
Reduce your trust's carbon footprint and shape a sustainable future.
3C Community
Engage in positive partnerships with your community.
Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition
Who would want to work in education?
Penny Swain
Understand today's workforce and gain strategies on how to catch 'em and keep 'em.
Leadership mindsets and practices for a new era
Sir Steve Lancashire
In a dynamic, complex educational landscape, what now for leadership? Is a new kind of leader required?

Conference speakers

Sir Steve Lancashire will be giving a keynote at the conference.
Executive Leadership Consultant
Penny Swain will be giving a keynote at the conference.
Supporting Education Group
Education Talent Solutions Director