The decision to set up the Herts for Learning Multi Academy Trust (the HfL MAT) arose at the request of a significant number of shareholder schools. The MAT received approval to be a sponsor in December 2016 and the first wave of schools joined the trust in September 2017. The HfL MAT model has been designed to be able to expand using a geographical cluster approach and the scheme of delegation implemented has taken this into account.

    The HfL MAT is the first of its kind and is being described by the Department for Education as a SIP MAT – a school improvement partner MAT, because of its links with HfL Ltd.

    Further details of the HfL MAT and its academies can be found on the Trust’s website www.hflmat.co.uk

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