This event is now over and took place on Mon 10 Nov 2014

Event Summary

This event has been cancelled. If you would like to arrange a free consultation with one of our Education specialists on the primary chain development grant, please email

Aspire-Education and Bates Wells Braithwaite are pleased to announce the first in a series of free seminars for schools and colleges.

Seminar agenda:

  • How to set up a Chain or Multi Academy Trust (MAT).
  • Applying for and making use of the Primary Chain Development Grant* whether you are a primary or secondary school or academy
  • How Aspire and BWB can support and help schools form a Chain;
  • Ensuring senior staff understand and are able to carry out their roles within the Chain
  • What happens to the governors’ role and responsibilities in a Chain or MAT?
  • Q&A

Who should attend?

  • Heads and Deputies
  • Members of the governing body,
  • School Business Managers, Academy Trustees

*Please note that the deadline for applying for the Primary Chain Development Grant is 30 November 2014, What does it mean to be part of a ‘Chain’ or multi-academy trust ‘MAT’?

The DFE website has links to information on the development of Primary Chains and how to apply for the Grant.

We realise this deadline is very tight and so we will be happy to provide an hour of initial advice and guidance free of charge in person or over the telephone before our seminar on 10 November to those of you who may be interested in making an application and becoming part of a Primary Chain. If you would like to arrange a meeting or call please contact Esme Lesser ( or Mary Groom ( / 020 7551 7760).


Tina Lucas - CEO The Resource People Ltd and Aspire-education.

Tina founded Aspire-Education and The Resource People Ltd in 2010 having previously completed a successful tenure as Managing Director at Nord Anglia Education PLC which she grew to be one of the leading public sector contracting and school improvement organisations in the world. With more than 25 years’ experience of working with clients and partners in the public, private and third sector, Tina has contributed significant expertise in delivering some of the governments major education transformation programmes during this period. In the last 2 decades she has designed and led a number of high profile national initiatives for public sector clients across curriculum reform, school leadership, teacher training and school and FE improvement. Her organisation delivers a range of education consultancy, project management and recruitment services in the UK and overseas.

Mary Groom – Partner and Head of Education, Bates Wells Braithwaite

Mary leads the Education group at BWB. Following a former career in teaching and running a Chemistry Department, she qualified as a solicitor with a distinction on the Legal Practice Course and joined the Charity and Social Enterprise team at BWB. She leads on education policy for the Education group and has been described by Legal 500 as a ‘star performer’. She is an academy governor and a director of The Creative Education Academies Trust. She is a member of both the Education Law Association and the Charity Law Association and has given presentations and training on academies, free schools, social enterprise structures and governance. She is also a member of the Expert Panel advising The Key on governance of schools and academies.

BWB and Aspire-Education have pooled their resources to provide you with a single point of access to advice and guidance for schools relating to a range of statutory duties, educational management issues and the governance and structure of academies. Both partners regularly run seminars and conferences on key legal and educational issues affecting maintained schools and academies, for example on employment law and recruiting, and can offer a full project management and legal service.


5pm - start

7pm - close

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BWB, 2-6 Cannon St., London EC4M 6YH

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