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Flourishing Trusts Network 2024/25 Programme Overview and Membership Subscription Form

The Church of England’s Flourishing Trusts Network is open to MAT CEOs and senior leaders within school trusts, offering a collaborative space to listen, engage and discuss insights, to be challenged and supported with peers and other experts sharing educational, business and Christian perspectives.

It is open to all MATs, including (but not limited to) those with Church of England schools in them. We welcome membership from MATs of all kinds.

The foundation of the network is the intention to deepen our MAT visions to flourish together – enabling us to best sustain our own leadership, grow our next generation of leaders, face the future with confidence and ultimately empower all our children/young people to thrive. The Flourishing Trusts Network will stimulate our thinking to bring a fresh perspective to our own learning and that of others, connecting MAT leaders right across the country.

The network is also offered in close collaboration with a range of other key sector partners, including the Confederation of School Trusts.

We will focus on a range of trust-specific topics, all of which benefit from the collective wisdom of colleagues and experts through:

  • Termly in-person national gatherings, including a residential to be inspired and challenged through a range of innovative speakers from both within and external to education (overnight stay and Day 2 at additional cost - price to be confirmed)
  • 6 regular webinar briefings throughout the year with senior staff from the national Church of England Education Office team, giving key policy updates and shaping collective voice
  • Optional Annual leadership development review conversation to explore how CEFEL can collaborate with you to achieve your vision at both MAT and personal level
  • One place at our National Conference taking place in London on Wednesday, 22nd January 2025.

These network sessions offer the opportunity for leaders to reflect on current shared challenges and benefit from one another’s experience.

Our termly themes for both the face to face and webinars are:

EVENT 1: Prioritising Vulnerable Pupils across the MAT - SEND Reform, provision & training

Venue: Kings X Church, 242 Pentonville Rd N1 9JY

When: Thursday, 3rd October 2024

Time:   9:30 - 10:00 Networking/Coffee, 10:00 - 3.30pm programme

EVENT 2: National Conference 2025 - CEFEL

Venue: SAINT Church, Hackney, E5 0PD
When: Wednesday, 22nd January 2025

Time: 10.00am - 3.30pm 

Event 3: Flourishing Trusts Network Residential

EITHER 1 day programme OR 2 Day Residential Day 1 included in subscription (overnight and Day 2 will be additional Cost) 

Topic: Strategic Vision in a Changing Landscape – Responding to Political Change, Casting 5-year vision following the general election.

Venue: To Be Confirmed

When: Thurs, 20th March OR  Thurs, 20th March - Friday 21st March 2025

EVENT 4: Doing More with Less? -  MAT Growth and Financial Sustainability  

Venue: Kings X Church, 242 Pentonville Rd N1 9JY

When: Thursday 19th June 2025

Time: 9:30 - 10:00 Networking/Coffee, 10:00 - 3.30pm programme,

Online Briefing Sessions:

All sessions will begin at 8.30am and conclude by 9.30am

Additional briefings may take place in response to yet unspecified need.

Network Membership Costs

Full Membership subscription is:

  • MATs with over 1000 pupils @ £1295+VAT for the 2024/25 academic year for all the provision stated above for 1 place at the Network(does NOT include overnight and day 2 of residential).
  • MATs with under 1000 pupils @ £700+VAT for the 2024/25 academic year for all the provision stated above for 1 place at the Network(does NOT include overnight and day 2 of residential).

Additional Senior Trust Leaders can attend any or all in-person events (with the exception of Events 2 – National Conference & 4 – Residential) will attract an additional cost of £100 + VAT per person per Event. These tickets can be and booked purchased on a case by case basis depending on availability as long as the event is not oversubscribed as places will be limited by venue

Additional Senior Trust Leaders can attend some or all of the 6 X Online Briefings – FREE

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement and enhanced services, we are transitioning from a simple sign-up registration model to a dynamic subscription model. This shift will provide you with ongoing access to valuable resources, tailored support, and exclusive opportunities. We believe this change will strengthen our community and empower each member on their educational journey.

For further information and questions, please contact Graeme Robins, National MAT Partnerships Lead at