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New DfE Trust Quality Description Templates: Streamlining Your MAT Self-Evaluation and Action Plans

Earlier this spring, the Department for Education (DfE) released the draft Trust Quality Descriptions. They describe them as "one of several ways in which we are providing greater clarity for the sector – helping to inform trusts’ improvement and capacity-building priorities."

Anticipating the need for a structured way to use these descriptions, we swiftly introduced a draft template in our online tool. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with many trust leaders expressing their enthusiasm about using them as a foundation for self-evaluation and strategic planning. Based on this positive feedback, we are pleased to announce the finalisation of two templates based on the Trust Quality Descriptions.

Two Powerful Templates: Choose Your Detail Level

We've developed two distinct templates, both serving the same essential purpose: to guide your trust's self-evaluation and improvement planning. The choice between the two comes down to the level of detail your trust requires.

The first template features an abacus bead for each of the five Trust Quality Descriptions pillars, along with rag-rateable statements nested within each bead. This template offers a broad view of the five pillars and the associated trust strengths and areas for improvement.

The animation below shows the 5 pillars with RAG rateable statements for each.

The second, more detailed template expands on this by dedicating a bead to each statement within the five pillars. The benefit of this detailed approach is that it provides a comprehensive visual overview and allows users to add evidence, analysis, and action planning to each statement.

The animation below shows a separate bead for each statement under the 5 pillars.

The decision between the two templates ultimately depends on your trust's specific needs and how in-depth you want your evaluation and planning to be.

Availability and Access

Both templates are readily available in MATvista. If you're an existing customer, you will find the templates already integrated into your account, ready for use.

Personalised Demo and Training Sessions

Understanding that adapting to a new tool or template can be challenging, we are offering personalised demos and training sessions for any trust leader who would like assistance with these new templates. You can schedule a Zoom or Teams session with us online at this page.

Free Trial for New Users

If you're not currently a MATvista user and are interested in exploring these new templates, we invite you to sign up for a free trial here. This is an excellent opportunity to see the templates in action and understand how they can facilitate more streamlined and efficient self-evaluation and improvement planning within your trust.

We believe that our new templates, based on the finalised Trust Quality Descriptions, offer an unparalleled resource for trusts looking to enhance their self-evaluation and strategic planning processes. We encourage all trust leaders to explore these tools and see the benefits for themselves.


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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