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Will the direct funding to the CMAT just produce a mini LA?

Representatives from the schools have formed a finance and HR group working together to clarify how the Academy Trust would operate eg. MIS systems, payroll, HR  and other services. The academy will not be tied to LA services and processes.The academy can use other companies in order to get the best value for money. The LA undertook the ‘value for money’ process on behalf of schools – this task would fall to the schools in the CMAT.

Will larger schools monopolise smaller institutions in the CMAT?

The idea of the CMAT is that the schools work together. It is not about any one school ‘being in charge’ Collaboration would  not compromise individual institutions and would strengthen the collective Catholic community. The threat to denominational transport in Kirklees showed how the two secondary schools worked together. We have also worked together across the Kirklees schools  looking at how LCVAP funds are allocated for capital works within our group of schools. The governors will not have to find the 10% towards capital costs.

Are joint costs for shared services (eg HR support) split evenly across the cluster or pro-rated based on school size?

This is to be determined.  It is normal for many service agreements to be charged according to the number of students or staff within a school.  There may be other costs that are based on size of buildings leaving a few that may have to be shared equally by all schools.

How confident are you that we have the skill set to deal with required changes to the running of the school without impacting teaching/leadership time?

This is for the school to answer.  However, there is much expertise across the Trust schools and a willingness to share the burden of conversion.  There will be some impact on leadership time but Conversion should be seen as a vehicle for school improvement in the widest sense.