July 2019 edition: Introduction


Welcome to the July edition of Trust. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the range of subjects covered in this issue.

As we approach the end of the first academic year in which CST has been operating as the Sector Body for School Trusts, in her lead article, Leora Cruddas, CEO of CST, takes stock of what our new organisation has achieved so far against its original stated aims and gives examples of the impact it is having on behalf of its membership and the wider sector.

Sir David Carter, Executive Director of System Leadership at Ambition Institute, writes a big picture piece about the single charitable object that all trusts should focus upon  – "to advance education for public benefit.” He suggests that as educators and leaders in our system, we need to expand our horizons of responsibility to include every child in the school system, and not just think about those we have a direct accountability for.

Sam Twiselton, the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University and Chair of DfE ITT Content Group, writes optimistically about the planned changes to the way we support early career teachers and the potential, if the system gets behind these changes, to create a real paradigm shift in the way teachers begin their professional journey.

Steve Savory, CEO of the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance, and Hannah Woodhouse from the Regional Schools Commissioner South West team, write on behalf of the Trust CEO Development Group in the South West. They describe how this group of Trust CEOs have worked with the RSC Office to develop a framework for trusts to review their approach to school improvement.

Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College for Teaching, discusses the importance of a professional body within teaching and the need to build a strong professional culture and establish high expectations right across the whole system, that all teachers should experience all of the benefits of a professional, collegiate culture.

Emma Perkin, Founder and Lead Consultant at the Constant Group, discusses the importance of the Governance Leadership Programme provided by CST and Ambition Institute. She stresses that effective trust governance requires all those involved to be both outward and forward looking to ensure that they have the knowledge, experience and skills needed to take the trust forward on the next phase of its journey.

As academy trusts’ financial circumstances are becoming increasingly challenging and growing numbers are now seen to be at risk of insolvency, Ciara Campfield, Education Partner at Stone King, explores insolvency and intervention regimes, covering what this means for academy trusts and providing some helpful practical tips.

Finally Melissa Bell, the Sustainable Procurement Manager at YPO, discusses how trusts can use procurement to create social value and offers practical advice to help trusts fulfil their social value and sustainability objectives.

As ever I would like to thank all concerned for their stimulating contributions to this our sixth and final edition of Trust this academic year. I hope you will find it of interest and of real value. We continue to welcome feedback from our growing readership both on the value of the topics covered so far and suggestions regarding subjects that we may seek to cover in the new academic year. In the meantime may I take the opportunity to wish you all a very restful and enjoyable summer break.