Virtual MAT Expo

Virtual MAT Expo - bringing collaboration and innovation in education into 2020

There has not been a bigger disruption to the UK’s learners than the one caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for over 100 years. Educators, leaders, children and parents have had to rise to the difficult challenge of balancing home-schooling measures with providing consistent in-school learning for the children of key workers.

With the pandemic has come rapid innovation and upheaval around everything from facilities management to digital and virtual learning. Previously unexplored initiatives and innovations have been deployed in unprecedented timescales. Many schools and multi academy trusts have had to remodel, and on occasion, completely rethink, how teaching and learning is delivered in their organisations.

As we head into an uncertain future with or without the threat of this virus looming over us - there is a huge appetite to continue the pace and culture of innovation that has sprung up around the crisis. Leaders in education are looking to tools, technologies and approaches that bridge the gap for the disadvantaged and enable them to deliver an outstanding learning experience now and into the future.

Being able to collaborate with and learn from both peers and transformational suppliers at this time is vital. Clearly though, we can no longer rely on the more “traditional” methods of collaboration and learning. Face-to-face conferences, networking events and exhibitions will most likely not be going ahead for quite some time.

That’s why we’ve launched a new event model that’s a better fit for the times we’re in. Virtual MAT Expo is be a chance for senior leaders, managers and educators working in multi academy trusts and the wider education sector to hear the latest case studies and best practice, and view the most innovative solutions - without leaving their trust. This is the only virtual education event completely focused on multi academy trusts.

Virtual MAT Expo has been carefully curated with a steering committee of MAT leaders to speak to the most relevant arising challenges and opportunities the sector is facing. We’re structuring the event around 4 core themes that reflect these challenges:

  • Finance, operations and back office
  • Buildings, estates and facilities
  • Edtech and digital innovation
  • Workforce, skills and recruitment

To speak around these themes, we’ve gathered some of the sector’s most experienced and respected senior leaders. Highlights include:

Jennese Alozie, Director of Effectiveness and Performance, STEP Academy Trust
“Successful MATs aren't one-off projects: developing divergent learners”
Jennese will discuss the importance of embedding a culture of ongoing improvement in MATs in order to ensure the best possible learning experience and to shape the next generation of learners.

Paul Tarn, Chief Executive, Delta Academies Trust
“Bridging the gap for disadvantaged children”
Now more than ever it is vital that each and every child is given the opportunity and the tools to learn. Paul will be speaking about the responsibility of a Trust in enabling and ensuring a consistent and effective learning experience for each and every learner.

Panel Discussion: How can large MATs continue to manage and improve post COVID-19?
Julian Drinkall – Chief Executive – Academies Enterprise Trust
Sir Steve Lancashire – Chief Executive – REAch2 Academy Trust
Dr Karen Roberts – Chief Executive – The Kemnal Academies Trust
John Murphy – Chief Executive – Oasis Community Learning
Nick Hudson – Chief Executive – Ormiston Academies Trust

This panel brings together Chief Executives from some of the UK’s largest multi academy trusts to reflect on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how we build on a foundation of innovation to continue to improve learning and outcomes into the future.

Aligned with each of the four themes will also be four virtual expo halls, where you’ll get a chance to engage with some of the most transformational suppliers to the education sector, showcasing solutions that are already helping MATs provide excellent teaching and learning in testing times.

To ensure we’re providing even more value, the event is CPD accredited - meaning the time you spend engaging with Virtual MAT Expo is fully trackable against your requirements.

Register FREE for the Virtual MAT Expo using our exclusive link for readers Education Business.

Dec 1 2020 to Dec 2 2020