The Greater Manchester Academies Trust (GMAT) formed in 2016 and currently supports 2 academies, Manchester Communication Academy (MCA) and Manchester Communication Primary Academy (MCPA) and a Teacher Training provider, North Manchester Initial Teacher Training Programme (NMITTP), in North Manchester. In 2019, MCA was awarded National Research School status.

Our vision is that through excellent staff, deep social impact and a curriculum that inspires, our children will be prepared for a future unknown.

Their story is unwritten, their future untold, they will succeed.

GMAT serves an area of significant social disadvantage and all policy and procedures support deep social impact with the aim of supporting transformational change for our students, their family and their community.

As part of a coherent vision to act together in a deep partnership, the trust is formed with a Trust Board, an Executive Principal, and an Executive Leadership team including a Headteacher at MCA and MCPA. The senior leaders of the Trust’s academies are determined to improve the educational outcomes of all the children and young people it is directly responsible for. This will only be achieved through the recruitment and retention of a high quality and committed workforce. To this end the Trust is aspiring to become the employer of first choice within the area. We intend to develop, implement and embed a recruitment and retention strategy based on a positive ethos within all our academies, delivering workload reform, outstanding professional development, evidenced informed practice and enhanced career opportunities for staff. This plan, we believe, will have a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning, removing barriers to achievement and enhancing educational outcomes.

We have strong, effective and professional governance reflecting local, regional and global business and education partners.


Manchester Communication Academy has been open since September 2010 and currently has 1200 students, the highest number since opening. Progress outcomes have a 4 year trend of average or above average (2016-2019).

Progress 8. The most recent OFSTED inspection reviewed MCA as Good in all areas with and outstanding judgement for personal wellbeing (April 2019).


Manchester Communication Primary Academy opened in a new building in September 2015 and currently has over 400 children, including a nursery. MCPA was inspected by OFSTED in September 2017 and was judged Good in all areas.


North Manchester ITT Partnership is a School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) organisation, the purpose of which is to train, develop and assess trainee teachers towards qualified teacher status. NMITTP was awarded

ITT status in 2014 and works with a range of partner schools to support the pipeline of committed professionals to North Manchester and beyond.


The Research Schools Network is a partnership between the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) and the Department for Education. There are 32 Research Schools which provide school-led support for the use of evidence to improve teaching practice. Manchester Communication Academy was awarded Research School status in 2019, the only school in the north west to achieve this. Our role will include sharing and disseminating the very best of evidence-based practice to schools and teachers across the north west whilst supporting schools and Teaching Schools in the region.

We are supportive, not prescriptive and empowered by deep social insight

More information about Manchester Communication Research School can be found at where you can sign up to receive our monthly newsletter ( You can also follow what the Research School is up to on twitter @ManComRS


At GMAT we will deliver excellent provision for our students, their families and community and our staff. We aim to bring equality of educational experience to every student in order to maximise outcomes for all.


Our students will:

  • be physically, socially, emotionally safe and healthy

  • be asset rich and resilient to the effects of area and personal disadvantage

  • make good or better academic progress a teach key stage of their education

  • be able to secure the employment opportunities of their choice

  • be able to contribute to the community

  • Our families and the wider community make an important contribution throughout GMAT. They access our outstanding facilities and the diverse programme of social and learning opportunities. Their involvement underpins our community strategy.

  • Our staff will achieve the highest professional standards, continuously developing their skills and experience through high quality research, training and innovation. We will ensure that their working conditions allow them to be happy and fulfilled at GMAT.


By 2022 all of our academies will:

  • Achieve the best possible outcomes for all of our learners through high quality teaching and learning and effective family support

  • Offer a shared engaging curriculum to meet the needs of students and employers both now and in the future

  • Be a great place to work with the best professional development and career opportunities · Achieve recognition locally, regionally and nationally

  • Impact on disadvantage through a systemic approach to social investment · Grow and sustain a MAT built on transparency and integrity

  • Enable students to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the Northern Gateway


By 2022 our Goal is to:

Ensure our children thrive and achieve.

Recruit and retain excellent staff and deliver a high quality evidence informed approach to professional development.

Expand GMAT to improve life chances for a wider population by reaching more pupils and their communities; and leverage better value and increased economies for shared services


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Governance and Compliance Professional

Greater Manchester Academies Trust

Employment Start Date: 1st September 2021

Contract:  Permanent

Shift Pattern: Part time, term time only 

Salary: negotiable, depending on experience

Closing Date: 9am, Tuesday 20th July 2021

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To apply please download and complete the support staff application form and Equal Ops Form and then return to 


Lead Practitioner - Family Partnerships

Manchester Communication Academy

Employment Start Date: 1st September 2021

Contract:  Permanent

Shift Pattern: Full Time

Salary: A8 - A14 £18,583 - £22,899

Closing Date: 9am, Friday 23rd July 2021

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To apply please download and complete the support staff application form and Equal Ops Form and then return to