The Journal for Executive and Governance Leaders

April 2019 edition

Caroline Whitty


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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