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Self-Evaluation and Action Plans for MATs: Introducing DfE Trust Quality Description Templates

In line with the Department for Education's ongoing commitment to provide greater clarity for the sector, the draft Trust Quality Descriptions were unveiled earlier this spring.


Responding swiftly to the need for a structured application of these descriptions, we introduced a draft template in MATvista (our MAT-focused version of iAbacus). The response was overwhelmingly positive, with numerous trust leaders voicing their enthusiasm for employing them for strategic planning and self-evaluation.


Encouraged by this positive feedback, we've now finalised two templates based on the Trust Quality Descriptions.



Choose From Two Robust Templates


You can select between two templates, each serving the fundamental purpose: to guide your trust's self-evaluation and improvement planning.

In the first template, an abacus bead represents each of the five Trust Quality Descriptions pillars, with rag-rateable statements nestled within them. This template offers an analysis of the five pillars and their associated trust strengths and areas for improvement.


Please see the animation below illustrating the five pillars with RAG rateable statements.



The second, more detailed template assigns a bead to each statement within the five pillars. In addition to providing a comprehensive visual overview, this detailed approach allows users to add evidence, analysis, and action planning to each statement.


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



Your choice between the two templates ultimately hinges on your trust's specific requirements and the depth of detail you want in your evaluation and planning process.


Availability and Access


If you're an existing MATvista customer, you'll find the templates already embedded in your account, ready for use.


Personalised Demo and Training Sessions


Recognising the potential challenges in adapting to new templates, we're offering personalised demos and training sessions. You can schedule a Zoom or Teams meeting with us online right here.


Free Trial for New Users


For those not currently using MATvista but interested in exploring these new templates, we invite you to sign up here for a free trial. You'll have the opportunity to see the templates in action and understand how they can facilitate more streamlined and efficient self-evaluations and improvement planning within your trust.


Built upon the finalised Trust Quality Descriptions, our new templates offer an invaluable resource for trusts aiming to enhance their self-evaluation and strategic planning processes. We urge all trust leaders to explore these tools and experience the benefits for themselves.


For more in-depth learning and insights on these templates and their applications, we encourage you to attend our webinars. You can check out and register for upcoming webinars on the MATvista webinars section.

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