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Empowering Multi-Academy Trusts: The Synergy Between iAbacus and MATvista

In the evolving landscape of educational leadership, the necessity for robust self-evaluation and strategic planning is paramount. Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) are in a unique position to foster a culture of continuous improvement across their schools, setting a precedent for educational excellence. Central to this endeavour is the empowerment of both school leaders and central teams within MATs through structured, insightful processes. This is where the synergy between iAbacus and MATvista comes into play, acting as a catalyst for informed decision-making and strategic action.

Empowering School Leaders with iAbacus:

Structured Self-Evaluation:

iAbacus facilitates a guided journey of self-evaluation for school leaders, allowing them to assess their schools' performance against specified criteria. This structured approach promotes a culture of self-awareness and accountability, laying the foundation for informed strategic planning.

Action Planning:

The transition from evaluation to action is streamlined with iAbacus. School leaders are empowered to devise actionable improvement plans, thus driving forward positive change within their schools. This process promotes a proactive approach to addressing areas of improvement.

Evidence-Based Decision Making:

Encouraging an evidence-informed approach, iAbacus enables school leaders to blend data with their professional insight when making decisions. This culture of well-informed decision-making, rooted in both empirical evidence and firsthand experience, enhances the credibility and effectiveness of strategic plans.

Continuous Improvement:

iAbacus instils a mindset of continuous improvement among school leaders. The iterative process of evaluation, planning, and action promotes ongoing reflection and adaptation, crucial for achieving and sustaining success in the dynamic educational landscape.

Empowering Central Teams with MATvista:

Holistic Insights:

MATvista acts as a conduit for central teams to receive holistic insights derived from the self-evaluations and action plans of individual schools within the trust. This comprehensive view enables central teams to identify common trends, strengths, and areas of concern across the trust, fostering a unified approach to improvement.

Informed Strategic Planning:

Armed with holistic insights, central teams are better positioned to develop and align strategic plans that cater to the collective needs of the schools within the trust. This informed strategic planning enhances the effectiveness and coherence of trust-wide initiatives.

Quality Assurance:

The consistent framework for self-evaluation and planning facilitated by iAbacus and MATvista supports quality assurance efforts within MATs. Central teams can ensure a standard of quality and consistency in evaluation and planning practices across all schools within the trust.


The shared platform fosters collaboration between central teams and school leaders, promoting a unified approach to tackling challenges and driving improvement. This collaborative environment facilitates the sharing of best practices and resources among schools within the trust, enhancing the collective capability to achieve shared goals.

The Way Forward:

The integration of iAbacus and MATvista provides a robust platform for fostering a culture of continuous improvement within Multi-Academy Trusts. By empowering school leaders with the tools for effective self-evaluation and action planning, and equipping central teams with the insights necessary for informed strategic decision-making, MATs are well-positioned to navigate the pathway towards educational excellence.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how this synergy empowers school leaders and central teams towards achieving educational excellence:

Step 1: Engage School Leaders with iAbacus

  1. Introduction to iAbacus: Introduce school leaders to the iAbacus platform, explaining its purpose, features, and benefits for self-evaluation and strategic planning.

  2. Training and Support: Provide training and support to ensure school leaders are comfortable using iAbacus for self-evaluation and improvement planning.

  3. Self-Evaluation: School leaders utilise iAbacus to conduct a structured self-evaluation, assessing their school’s performance against specified criteria.

  4. Evidence Collection: Encourage school leaders to collect and document evidence to support their evaluations.

Step 2: Action Planning with iAbacus

  1. Identifying Helping and Hindering Factors: Post-evaluation, school leaders identify factors helping or hindering their school's success.

  2. Developing Action Plans: Based on the evaluation and analysis, school leaders formulate action plans to address areas of improvement.

  3. Setting Milestones: Establish milestones and benchmarks to monitor progress over time.

Step 3: Integration with MATvista

  1. Data Syncing: Sync the self-evaluation data and action plans from iAbacus to MATvista, enabling central teams to have a holistic view of each school’s performance and plans.

  2. Review and Analysis: Central teams review the data, identifying trends, strengths, and areas needing support across the trust.

Step 4: Strategic Planning with MATvista

  1. Trust-Wide Strategic Planning: Based on the insights garnered, central teams formulate and align strategic plans to cater to the collective needs of the schools within the trust.

  2. Resource Allocation: Allocate resources effectively based on the identified needs of individual schools and overarching goals of the trust.

Step 5: Continuous Monitoring and Support

  1. Monitoring Progress: Central teams and school leaders collaboratively monitor the progress of action plans, adjusting strategies as necessary to ensure continuous improvement.

  2. Sharing Best Practices: Foster a culture of sharing and collaboration by disseminating best practices and success stories among schools within the trust.

  3. Ongoing Training and Support: Provide ongoing training and support to ensure effective use of iAbacus and MATvista, reinforcing a culture of continuous improvement.

Step 6: Evaluation and Reflection

  1. Evaluating Impact: Evaluate the impact of strategic actions, assessing the progress made towards achieving educational excellence.

  2. Reflective Practice: Encourage reflective practices to learn from experiences and to inform future planning and action.

By following these steps, Multi-Academy Trusts can harness the full potential of iAbacus and MATvista, ensuring a coherent, data-informed approach to continuous improvement.

For a deeper dive into this integrated approach, particularly focusing on School Self-Evaluation Forms (SEFs), School Improvement Plans (SIPs), and School Development Plans (SDPs), there's an informative webinar available on the MATvista website. The webinar titled "SEFs, SIPs, and SDPs: Engaging Headteachers in a Trust-Wide Approach" discusses how a trust-wide approach to school self-evaluation and improvement planning can be established with maximum engagement from headteachers.

We highly recommend watching the video recording of this session available on This webinar provides an opportunity to glean insights from experts on establishing a trust-wide approach, and understanding how the synergy between iAbacus and MATvista can be leveraged to drive meaningful improvements across your trust.


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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