Masterclasses in trust leadership

CST masterclasses are a unique mini-series of virtual seminars that provide expert guidance on the strategy and practice of running school trusts as you lead your learning communities through recovery and growth.

Each masterclass explores the subject in hand from a strategic, technical and practical perspective. Our trainers combine deep understanding of the school trust system with specialist expertise from professional practice. Opportunities for discussion and group work in each seminar enable knowledge sharing and the creation of new connections.

CST’s masterclasses aim to inform and inspire trust executive and governance leaders with actionable insight in a safe, understanding environment.

Whether you are part of the executive team, a trust school leader or a trustee, participating in a CST masterclass will give you:

  • Fresh trust-centred thinking.
  • Advice that reflects current and emerging policy.
  • A frame of reference for strengthening your practice and enabling change.
  • Opportunities to engage directly with peers and experts from across the sector.
  • Signposts to deeper reading and support.


Artificial intelligence (AI) in education: Understanding the principles of AI in schools

Building digital strategy for school trusts

Creating the conditions for safeguarding excellence

Crisis communications for school trusts

Developing your trust's people strategy

Designing Central and Shared Services for School Trusts

Effective layers of governance

Procurement for school trusts

Leading trust schools through Ofsted inspection

Risk assurance for school trusts

Sustainability strategy for school trusts

Understanding and making use of school performance data

Our approach

The CST Masterclass programme is developed by CST’s expert trainers in collaboration with our Platinum Partners. We are delighted to also host guest contributors where possible, including Department for Education officials, regulators and affiliated sector organisations. Whilst the CST masterclass topics are repeated across the year, the content is always refreshed from session to session to stay ahead of changing policy, regulation, and good practice.

Previous participants have said:

‘CST masterclasses are very useful, thought-provoking and efficiently organised.’

‘The CST masterclass that I attended has helped us to refocus on a forgotten but very important strategy.’

‘I found this CST masterclass all extremely helpful and it’s already significantly and positively impacting on our trust development.’

‘I am leaving this CST masterclass happy because it has confirmed that we have the right strategy in our trust as well as giving me some new ideas.’

‘There is a lot to take away and discuss in our trust which is of great value.’

Find out more

If you are unsure whether a CST masterclass is for you, want to discuss a group booking, or would like to suggest a new topic , please get in touch with our professional development team at

Bookings for masterclasses close two working days prior to the start of the course. Masterclasses are not recorded, so please make sure you are free to attend all sessions before booking. View our Terms and Conditions.

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Contact details

Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
Suite 1, Whiteley Mill
39 Nottingham Road
Nottingham    NG9 8AD

0115 9170142

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