||<p>The department’s expectations of effective governance in multi academy trusts (MATs)
is set out in the Academies Financial Handbook and Governance Handbook. This includes
the skills, knowledge and behaviours that boards need to demonstrate to be effective.
Both handbooks are currently being updated and once completed, copies will be <ins
class="ministerial">placed</ins> <del class="ministerial">available</del> in the Libraries
of both Houses. The Academies Financial Handbook is updated annually.</p><p> </p><p>Through
the Academies Ambassadors Programme, over 1200 volunteers with commercial and business
experience have been recruited to join academy boards.</p><p> </p>