The government’s push to encourage more schools to band together, forming Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) is, in the face of ever tightening budgets and funding cuts, a smart move.
Moving away from the restrictions of Local Authority funding and pooling resources can create buying power and cost efficiencies for educational facilities struggling to meet targets and replenish resources alone.
However, this newly found independence also brings challenges when educators have to swap between teaching and business hats.
The newly forming South Yorkshire MAT, including Fulford School - an established facility praised for its high standards, is seeking to overcome this by bringing together a resource of commercially minded professionals.
Looking to ensure proper governance is followed as the community of schools knit together over the next one to two years, a board of Trustees has been appointed. The Board brings a wealth of specialist knowledge and expertise, vital for the long term growth of the MAT.
Langleys Employment Lawyer Mini Setty has been appointed to the Board with her legal expertise viewed as an important asset to the group.
Taking her place on the Board, Mini is looking forward to providing her specific skills set to the mix:
“It’s so exciting to be at the start of a newly forming MAT. I’m looking forward to discovering how the collaboration of schools can learn from each other to ensure great outcomes for its pupils…”
Already well versed in providing tailored Employment focussed legal guidance to schools across the country, Mini is looking forward to further strengthening her knowledge of the sector.
“As professionals in our own fields, we have the ability to offer perspectives the schools may not have considered, but most of all, it’s a privilege to be able to put our efforts into making the South York MAT successful.”