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MAT Membership Benefits

Core Offer – what do you get for your 5%?

  • Diocese of Chelmsford SLA
  • Access to ‘What If’ training
  • Matched funding for - Church School Leadership, NPQH, NPQSL, NPQML, OTP, ITP and School Business Management Diploma.
  • Academy Improvement Consultant for a single conversation with headteachers
  • Academy Improvement Lead supporting HTs with school improvement
  • HR service
  • Legal service
  • H&S service
  • Occupational Health service subscription
  • Governor services subscription
  • Governor training provision
  • Collective purchasing agreements
  • Support to prepare and submit DfE returns
  • Support to prepare and submit EFA returns
  • Internal audit and compliance monitoring (RO visits)
  • Audit costs (external)
  • Teachers’ pension audit
  • Financial and budget support software
  • Preparation and submission of VAT return
  • Financial strategic support and planning
  • Finance support and helpdesk services
  • Support and training for the academy finance lead
  • Coordination of financial compliance
  • Compliance and monitoring to assure academy leaders of financial compliance
  • Facilities management and health and safety compliance monitoring


Aiming to provide in the future

  • Payroll
  • Broadband
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We provide member academies with the following:

  • Stability and protection in a fast-changing educational landscape
  • Maintaining the integrity and independence of good and outstanding schools
  • Collaboration and sharing of best practice 
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Strong strategic and operational guidance and advice
  • A dedicated Academy Improvement Consultant
  • Access to the ‘What If’ programme to develop Christian Character
  • Support to develop excellent RE teaching
  • A climate for further innovation
  • Wider range of curriculum opportunities
  • Support for academies requiring rapid improvement and those aspiring to become ‘Outstanding’
  • Improved capacity to provide extended services
  • Reassurance of compliance with all legal regulations
  • Economies of scale and cost savings for centrally procured services
  • Access to an established back office operational framework 
  • There is a financial benefit to being part of a multi-academy trust. The Vine has a holdback of only 5% of which approximately 3% is spent directly back on your academy.


The Vine Schools Trust

  • Has a proven track record in School Improvement.
  • Has gone through the long process of setting up a MAT from the ground up.
  • Has vast experience of the academy conversion process.
  • Has built relationships and a reputation with the DFE, RSC EFA and Teaching Schools
  • Has a local, regional and national outlook.
  • Has the benefit of economies of scale in procurement of goods and services.
  • Has an experienced professional central team that care.

‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;’

JOHN 15:5