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DfE Trust Quality Descriptions: Streamline Your MAT Self-Evaluation and Action Planning.

DfE Trust Quality Descriptions: Streamline Your MAT Self-Evaluation and Action Planning.

Last month, the Department for Education released the draft Trust Quality Descriptions, outlining the five pillars of quality for Multi Academy Trusts (MATs). These pillars encompass High Quality and Inclusive Education, School Improvement, Workforce, Finance and Operations, and Governance and Leadership. Each pillar is further broken down into specific themes and descriptions, providing a comprehensive framework for MATs to follow. In this blog post, we will delve deeper into the draft Trust Quality Descriptions and explore how MATvista can help trust leaders streamline their self-evaluation and strategic action planning processes.

A Closer Look at the Draft Trust Quality Descriptions

The draft Trust Quality Descriptions provide a clear and ambitious vision for MATs, offering detailed expectations and outcomes for each of the five pillars. By focusing on these descriptions, trust leaders can gain valuable insights into their trust's performance and identify areas for improvement and capacity-building initiatives. Here's a brief overview of the five pillars and their associated themes:

High Quality and Inclusive Education: This pillar covers aspects such as culture, curriculum, student outcomes, accessibility, pastoral support, enrichment, behaviour and attendance, destinations, and collaboration.

School Improvement: This pillar emphasises the importance of a culture of continuous improvement, school improvement models, transformation, and system-led improvement.

Workforce: This pillar addresses topics such as culture, workload, retention, working environment, developing new and early career teachers, continuing professional development, collaboration, line management and career progression, and equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Finance and Operations: This pillar focuses on themes such as culture, financial strategy, resource allocation, capital strategy, reserves, and financial information management.

Governance and Leadership: This pillar covers aspects like culture, governance of the trust, and the roles and responsibilities of the board, executive leadership team, and accounting officer.

Introducing MATvista: Streamlining Self-Evaluation and Strategic Action Planning for Trust Leaders

MATvista, built upon the iAbacus tool, is a powerful platform designed to help CEO’s and Central Teams at MATs create comprehensive self-evaluations and action plans based on the five pillars of quality*. The platform offers a template aligned with the draft Trust Quality Descriptions, making the self-evaluation and strategic action planning process more efficient and effective for trust leaders.

Key Benefits of MATvista:

Simplified Self-Evaluation: MATvista's intuitive interface and template-based approach makes it easy for trust leaders to assess their trust's performance against the five pillars, providing valuable insights into areas of strength and areas for improvement.

Effective Action Planning: With MATvista, trust leaders can develop targeted action plans to address any identified areas of improvement, ensuring that resources are allocated effectively to drive positive change.

Time and Resource Savings: By streamlining the self-evaluation and action planning process, MATvista helps trust leaders save valuable time and resources, allowing them to focus on what truly matters - providing high-quality education for their students.

If you're a trust leader interested in trying MATvista, we invite you to sign up for a free trial at Additionally, we offer a series of free webinars on trust quality assurance, risk registers and other related trust leadership topics. You can register to attend these free webinars or request a video recording of a previous session at Don't miss out on this opportunity to streamline your trust's self-evaluation and strategic action planning processes with MATvista.

*Although the template is currently in draft format and will be finalised in June 2023, it is still usable and provides CEOs with an excellent opportunity to gain an understanding of the draft descriptors and see how they can be used to inform their strategic action planning and self-evaluation.


We've found the best way to discuss MATvista is using Zoom, Teams or GoogleMeet. We can talk about your requirements and we’ll share our screen to show you how it's tailored to your trust.

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