The Northern Alliance of Trusts

The Northern Alliance of Trusts aims to build capacity and improve educational standards in the North of England.


Eight prominent academy trusts in the North of England have created an alliance that formally commits them to work together to improve the education system in the region.

The Northern Alliance of Trusts is made up of eight members:

The academy trusts will continue to act as independent legal entities, but said they were “committed to sharing resource for the good of the North of England and the wider country”.

The new organisation is supported by a grant from the Strategic School Improvement Fund. It will initially work collaboratively on areas including leadership at trust-wide, school and departmental levels, and school-to-school support for schools in difficulty – including those that are waiting for a sponsor to be found. It also aims to work on recruitment and retention, collaborate on developing initial teacher training routes, and find savings through procurement.

The Northern Alliance is an innovative partnership, which illustrates the strength of collaboration that is emerging as part of our developing self-improving school system.

System Leadership

Recently, education minister Lord Agnew urged smaller academy trusts to team up to create bigger academy trusts, but the Northern Alliance is believed to be the first formal partnership of its kind between larger chains.