Effective governance is at the heart of any successful school, academy or multi-academy trust and we have worked hard to make sure our governance model will deliver this. The format aligns with the DfE guidance on governance in MATs and also draws on the experience of other Trusts across England. The diagram below provides a summary of what governance looks like in our MAT but further details can be found within the scheme of delegation.
In essence there are three levels: the Members of the Trust who have a wholly strategic view of the MAT, setting out the vision and values and ensuring they are adhered to. The Trustees ensure the Trust delivers on its aims and provide support and challenge to the central Trust team as well as holding individual schools to account when required. They have a key oversight role as well as being involved in the management and delivery of MAT services. The final group are the Local Governing Bodies, who are focused on the interests of the individual academy and include parental and staff representatives.
Two additional groups add to this process but are not formally part of the governance; the Executive Group is made up of the Headteachers of the constituent schools and the Education Board is made up of the Chairs of Governors of the constituent schools.
The MAT will have a Chief Education Officer (CEO) who works for the Trust and it is his/her job to ensure that the MAT operates in the way that the Trustees have envisaged.
The CEO will also have responsibility for standards across the Trust schools and will report back to the Trustees at their termly meetings.