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Roger Inman

Assured Governance: How to Control Risk in Academy Trusts

Risk is very much currently at the forefront of our minds as schools work tirelessly to manage the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. However managing risk is always one of the core tasks of school governance and over 25 years of being a school governor, and more recently an academy trustee and chair of an audit and risk committee, I have always found governors holding the school leadership to account a vexed process. It is fundamentally challenging for a group of volunteers, with limited knowledge of the operational detail, to scrutinise, and if necessary challenge, the school leadership ("executive”) about their performance. However, recent developments in academy governance promise a more systematic approach to scrutiny which have the potential to make it both more effective and less confrontational.

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Robert Barham-Brown

Recovery and Rebuilding Better

March 20th 2020 was the date UK schools closed and sadly they were to remain closed to all their pupils for some considerable time. Whilst this dark day...

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Mark Blois

Evolving Governance Within a Growing Academy Trust

For the last nine years I have had the huge privilege of serving as Chair of the L.E.A.D Academy Trust and this article offers a few reflections on that...

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Rosemary Fisher

Becoming a Vice-Chair During the Pandemic

"Allow me to encourage you to reflect on the impact you have had at this time.”

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Dawn Carman-Jones

COVID-19 – Testing the Resilience of our Governance Structures

I want to start by expressing sincere gratitude to everyone working in education at the moment, in all capacities; you are supporting our young people...

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Catherine Dottridge

McKinsey 7S Model: A Simple Framework for Success

Do you know how well your school trust is positioned to achieve its goals or what elements influence its ability to implement change successfully?

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Richard Greenhalgh

Trusts and Their Schools – a Network of Excellence

The growth of multi-academy trusts provides the opportunity for organisational added value. However it presents too, the risk of non-value-adding bureaucracy...

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Emma Perkin

Why the Governance Leadership Programme is So Important

At the Spring CST conference on Effective, Accountable and Ethical Governance I was asked for the one piece of advice I would give to a new trustee. My...

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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...

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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....

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Charis Evans

Improving Governance in Trusts: a Competency Framework to Support Career Development

Strong governance is vital to the success of any organisation and it is essential that those people employed to implement good governance practices in...

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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...

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Nick MacKenzie

More Than Compliance

"Governance” is not a word or topic that typically sets the pulse racing. However, we all know that effective governance practice is critical to the...

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Steve Hodsman

A Journey In Governance

"Can I borrow your school field please?” That question led to a life in governance locally, regionally and nationally. The trade-off for using the school...

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Lord Agnew

The Importance of Governance

A new school year presents us with the perfect opportunity to set out priorities and build on existing developments, to ensure every child receives an...

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