February 2019 edition: 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 and sector body for school trusts and NTA (formerly NIPT) is the largest independent national Appropriate Body providing a high quality NQT accreditation service to schools of all types and phases including a growing number of MATs.

Trust is published twice termly and seeks to inform and stimulate thought and discussion and to share opinions about emerging policy and practice. It has been designed to add further value to the benefits package linked with being part of the CST and NTA national networks.

In pursuit of our clear objective to build a reputation for Trust as a highly respected professional journal, our joint CST/NTA editorial committee draw on their extensive collective networks to secure topical content of real practical value. Trust is committed to offering its readership articles and features by key influencers and decision makers in education together with some of the leading thinkers both nationally and internationally. Through Trust we aim to help keep you informed about the latest and most important developments in education, including offering features about some of the issues which challenge us as leaders in education and how the sector is tackling them.

This edition leads with insightful thoughts from CST’s CEO Leora Cruddas in relation to the recently released DfE Recruitment and Retention Strategy and The Early Career Framework (ECF). This links with a piece by David Weston of the Teacher Development Trust about the newly announced NPQs and the opportunities it presents to MATs in relation to a developing a self-improving workforce. Daniel Muijs Head of Research at Ofsted discusses their curriculum research and how it has informed the draft Education Inspection Framework. Ian Bauckham, CEO of The Tenax Schools Trust and the chair of the Secretary of State’s newly established advisory group, considers how we seek to build character and resilience in the young people in our care, to equip them to cope with the pressures of today’s society.

Also in this edition we focus on governance with Jonathan Simons, Director of Education at the policy and communications consultancy Public First, sharing his experience of governance, now serving as a trustee within a sizeable MAT and Charis Evans Business Development Director at ICSA: The Governance Institute, talking about the work they are doing around the development of the key role of governance professional. In these challenging financial times Kate Dethridge, Deputy Director in the NWLSC Regional School Commissioner’s Office, highlights the support provided by the DfE to help optimise the key contribution of the School Business Professional to school and trust leadership. In addition, Emma Hughes, who heads up Browne Jacobson’s national HR consultancy practice, provides helpful guidance in relation to the highly topical issue of setting executive pay and Ian Buss, Head of Education with Lloyds Bank, provides important tips to help schools and trusts mitigate the increasing risk of fraud facing their whole school community.

As the clock continues to tick steadily and relentlessly down to the key date of March 29th, you may ask yourself whether it was it by accident or by design that the ‘B’ word is conspicuous by its absence in this edition. As refreshing as it is, even if only fleetingly, to have a Brexit free zone, school leaders clearly recognise that this issue is not going away and we urge you to consider the guidance offered by the DFE which can be accessed here, as you and your leadership teams plan for the implications of the possible outcomes in relation to Brexit.

I would like to thank all those who have kindly contributed to what I hope you will feel is an interesting, informative and thought provoking edition. As Editor of this publication, I would welcome any feedback you may have in relation to Trust and indeed would also welcome any suggestions about potential featured themes and articles for future editions. Anyone wishing to find out more about Trust and joining CST or registering for the NTA NQT accreditation service should contact either admin@cstuk.org.uk or admin@nta.org.uk