What we do for you

The Confederation of School Trusts (CST) is the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England advocating for, connecting and supporting executive and governance leaders.

  • We will stand up for your Trust and influence policy on your behalf.
  • We will connect you to ministers, regulators and influential policy makers, and to each other.
  • We will support you with what you need to know.

A fortnightly CST newsletter direct to your inbox – an essential briefing for executive and governance leaders, keeping you up to date and informed.

The CST office runs a helpdesk for your queries about all matters relating to school trusts. We may refer you for free specialist advice to one of our platinum partners if your query is technical in nature. We aim to respond to your query within 48 hours. For more urgent queries, we will aim to respond within 24 hours.

A comprehensive suite of guidance documents specifically for school trusts, including frameworks for leading improvement across your group of schools, finance and use of resources through our interactive strategic planning tool, governance and board evaluation, operational performance and self-evaluation, risk and workforce.

Stone King LLP, our platinum partner, provides dedicated access for CST members to a policy portal containing model Trust policies.

A quality-assured and confidential service run by specialists in academy and multi-academy trust governance.

A professional development offer developed with a small number of highly specialist partners, specifically designed for executive and governance leaders, including a free governance leadership programme under licence to the DfE worth £2,000 if you govern a trust of two schools or more.

Support to convene networks (where needed) and the aggregation of insights up from local or regional networks into national policy. From the Special School Trust/ Special Education Network through to the Governance Professionals’ Network, our varied networks provide a framework and voice for key interests of school trusts.

The ONLY conference directly relevant to both executive and governance leaders of academy and multi-academy trusts. Delegate rates are kept as low as possible, as CST views the conference as a member benefit.

Trust is the new digital journal for Executive and Governance Leaders. It is produced collaboratively by CST and its subsidiary NTA (National Teacher Accreditation).  It is published twice termly and is designed to inform and stimulate thought and discussion and to share opinions about emerging policy and practice.  As a member of CST, you will receive our journal directly to your inbox.

NTA is a wholly owned subsidiary of CST.  Formerly NIPT, it was originally set up in 2013 at the request of the DfE, to provide a sector-led alternative to Local Authority NQT accreditation services. It is now the largest national Appropriate Body providing its primarily online service to schools and trusts of all types and phases, including a number of international schools and a growing number of MATs.

Benefits brought to you by our Platinum Partners

Stone King LLP
As a CST member, you will receive a 10% reduction in Stone King’s retainer service and half an hour’s free advice.

Browne Jacobson LLP
Access to Browne Jacobson’s advice through published guidance documents, for example, guidance for Trust Boards on setting executive pay.

Renaissance Learning
A director of education/ improvement network including dinner reception and overnight accommodation at no cost to CST members.

RM Education
A free IT assessment for a school in your Trust.

Pearson
A 20% discount on Pearson’s published resources.