Trust Governance and Staffing
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. Our Governance aligns with the DfE guidance on governance in MATs and also draws upon our own experience as well as that of other successful Trusts across England.
Our Trustees oversee the Inspiring Futures Partnership Trust and are accountable for the performance and success of all the IFPT academies.
Their key roles are:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Trust
2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of IFPT, its pupils and staff
3. Overseeing the financial performance of IFPT
4. Ensuring compliance with government and ESFA requirements, company law and charity law
The Board of Trustees works directly with the Executive Principal and the senior leaders of the Trust’s Academies. The Trust’s flexible scheme of delegation clearly states who is accountable for key responsibilities.
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The Members are akin to the shareholders of a company and have ultimate control over the organisation. Inspiring Futures Partnership Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee. The Members monitor the work of the Trust Board to ensure that it is upholding the vision and values of the Trust. Members have a range of unique powers/responsibilities, including to sign and amend the articles, appoint and remove Trustees, and receive the annual accounts.
The MAT governance structure below adopts the strengths of the highly efficient and effective governance structure that has been key to Chepping View Primary Academy’s many years of success.
5 Members have ultimate accountability and can remove and appoint trustees. Members will meet independently of the Board of Trustees but will also be able to sit in on other meetings as they see fit. The scrutiny of the Trustee Reports and Accounts at the AGM is of particular concern to them.
At least 11 Trustees (including the Executive Principal Trustee) deliver the three core functions of governance:
Clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Holding Executive Principal to account
Overseeing financial performance
Trustees will also attend Academy Committees and act as Local Representatives
1 Executive Principal will also be a Principal of one of the academies whilst the MAT is still relatively small in size. The Executive Principal and will also be the MATs Accounting Officer. The Executive Principal will be reporting to the Board and will provide advice and guidance to inform decision making and strategy. This will ensure representation and prevent decisions from being removed from the point of impact.
Academy Committees will provide a forum for local representation to assess whether the Academy is working within agreed Trust policies and meeting agreed individual Academy performance targets. Each Academy Committee will have the ability to scrutinise their delegated authority in greater depth than the Trust Board and will ‘feed’ information up to the Trustees in a timely and succinct manner. Academy Committee members will also act as ambassadors for an individual Academy as well as the Trust by engaging directly with stakeholders. Each Academy Committee will comprise of three or more local representatives elected from the Board of Trustees along with the Senior Leadership Team from the relevant Academy. These Academy Committees can also be supported experienced Trustees from the Board. These committees will focus upon local performance, local resources and local management. Theses Academy Committees may initially be combined into a single meeting chaired by the Board Chairman and then split into individual Academy Committees and chaired by a Local Representative Trustee. Individual Academy Committees will need to arrange their own clerking.
The proposed structure is designed to provide effective and cost-efficient governance for our MAT whilst it is in its infancy. We anticipate the need to restructure our MAT governance as we grow and further develop our understanding of MAT governance and respond to changing DfE governance requirements. The DfE will scrutinise our governance structure each time we look to add another Academy. This will present a natural opportunity for the Trust to self-evaluate and secure improvements in structure and procedure.
Initially we intend to continue to have 6 meetings per academic year plus an AGM and the senior leadership team from all the Academies in the Trust will be invited to and expected to attend all Trustee and Academy Committee meetings.The first meeting of each term is to be a Formal IFPT Trustee meeting attended by all Trustee with Members invited to attend.The second meeting of each term will be held at the Academy Committee level and attended by each Academy’s local representatives from the Board of Trustees.
IFPT Finance and Resources Committee (Including Audit and Risk)
This committee will have nominated representatives who are expected to attend the IFPT Finance and Resources Committee meetings, all other Trustees are encouraged to attend along with the Chief Finance Officer. At these meetings the focus will be upon Trust level finances and resources. This committee will approve individual Academy budgets and engage in all Trust auditing and risk requirements as per the Academies Financial Handbook.
Interested in joining our Board of Trustees?
The Trust is always looking to strengthen our Board of Trustees from professionals with a wide range of relevant skills and experience. Applications are sought from suitable candidates irrespective of gender, race or ethnicity, disability, age or religion. Trustees will be required to make a public declaration of interests when appointed and if it is anticipated that any significant conflict of interest could occur on appointment, this could impact an application/nomination. If a candidate’s application/nomination is successful an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will have to be obtained.
For more information about becoming a Trustee please contact the Trust office on 01494 535564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org