The Journal for Executive and Governance Leaders

May 2019 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the May edition of Trust. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the topics covered in this issue. In her lead article, Leora Cruddas, CEO of CST, shares her reflections on autonomy. She considers what we understand by autonomy, where autonomy should sit and whose interests’ autonomy…

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Leora Cruddas

Reflections on autonomy

The term ‘autonomy’ is a highly contested and misunderstood concept. The whole question of the practice of autonomy needs more careful thought and analysis. What do we understand by autonomy? Where should autonomy sit? Whose interests does autonomy serve? A loss of freedom or interdependence? Recently, there has been a…

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Emma Knights

The time to chair

Chairs of multi academy trusts (MATs) are spending an average of fifty days per year – or approximately one day a week – carrying out the role, recent new research from the National Governance Association (NGA) revealed.  This is well above the twenty days per year which practice from the charity sector…

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Nick MacKenzie

Delivering organisational results

There is so much that has been written on the subject of clarity of purpose and vision and how that should shape and drive everything done in an organisation to optimise organisational results. Without a clear vision and purpose how are the people in an organisation able to see the…

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April 2019 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the April edition of Trust. I am pleased to provide my taster of the range of topics we address in this issue. In her lead article, Leora Cruddas, CEO of CST, highlights the seemingly ever present negative media coverage relating to academies and MATS and urges the sector…

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Leora Cruddas

Changing the story

At the legal and ethical heart of what we do as academy trusts lies something bold and aspirational – our core charitable purpose is to advance education for the public benefit, to make children and young people’s lives better. To change lives. This is why we exist. And this has…

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David Laws

Navigating the uncertain political landscape

As I write this article, UK politics continues to be dominated by Brexit, which is crowding out everything else, and distracting attention from other key domestic policy challenges such as Education. This seems unlikely to change soon – even a resolution of the debates about how the UK exits the…

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Sam Freedman

A System View

Recently we passed a major milestone in the history of English education which, given everything else going on, received relatively little attention. More than 50% of pupils in England now attend an academy: schools regulated by the state but not run by the state. We’re not the first state where…

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Dr Peter Kent

As others see us

The poet John Donne famously wrote that ‘no man is an island’. In education we can extend that metaphor to say that no school or education system is an island. Whether we realise it or not, part of our moral duty as leaders is to foster connection and learning across…

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Stef Edwards

Learn-AT Framework for School Improvement

Learn-AT launched in September 2016 – a mixed Church of England and Community multi-academy trust of seven primary schools, all aligned around a vision of a thriving, collaborative and research-informed professional learning community, serving local children and families. The Trust’s core purpose is learning, and its core value is fellowship.…

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Tiffany Beck

Key Challenges in MAT Governance

Governance in MATs is an evolving beast – rightfully so, because if it continued to function only as it did before, we’d be doing our schools a disservice. As with anything however, people are resistant to change. We should do something because it’s the right thing to do, not because…

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Stephen Morales

School Resource Manager Advisors

With the economic crash in 2008 and the government’s subsequent commitment to reduce the national budget deficit, the country has suffered ten years of reductions in spending on its public services, local education authorities (LEAs) have experienced unprecedented cuts and education directorates have not been immune. The growth of the…

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February 2019 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the third edition of Trust the digital professional journal for executive and governance leaders. This publication is one of the many outcomes of the close collaborative partnership between the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) and its wholly owned subsidiary National Teacher Accreditation (NTA). CST is the national organisation…

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Leora Cruddas

The Importance of the Teachers

Last month, the Department for Education launched the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, and the Early Career Framework (ECF). There was an astonishing amount of support from the sector for both. I think this reflects the way the DfE worked with the sector to develop this policy, but particularly the…

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Ian Bauckham CBE

Building Character and Resilience

What gives us character? What makes us resilient? These are two of the questions I look forward to grappling with as I chair the group announced by the Secretary of State Damian Hinds in his recent speech focussing on this topic. The discussions and consultations which lie ahead for our…

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Jonathan Simons

Governance at Scale

I won’t pretend to be a governance expert, but I’ve served on the body of an independent school, as the chair of a single Academy trust, now as a chair of an LGB, as a trustee and member of a large MAT, and also on the board of a national…

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Ian Buss

Fraud in the Education Sector

Throughout 2018, the threat to schools from fraudsters has compounded – not only are schools’ finance teams being targeted through malicious emails or vishing (telephone) scams but their pupils also face an increasing threat. They too are vulnerable to scams, but equally worryingly fraudsters also look to vulnerable young people…

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