Our Approach to Governance
As is the case with all multi academy trusts the legal responsibility for governance of the Trust and its schools sits with the Members and the Board of Directors (trustees). It is for the Board to decide how and to what level it wishes to delegate any responsibility to a local governing body or committee. Often it is this decision that reflects the culture that the trust wishes to develop and at Trust in Learning (TiL) one of our guiding principles remains to trust in local governance.
We fully support the importance of local engagement and input of schools and academies – outstanding schools have outstanding governance and leadership. We offer two different local models to support day to day leadership and this is a cornerstone of our approach to improving schools. Those involved in governance at the local level are valued members of the TiL network and have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of young people through education. A Scheme of Delegation is a key document for those schools who operate a local governing body and this is available to read here. For those operating under the school improvement board model the terms of reference can be read here.
Trust in Learning has structures in place to ensure local engagement is strong, effective and knowledgeable and focuses upon the core purpose for every school, the continued improvement of teaching. One of the benefits of being in a multi academy trust, is to enable local governance to focus upon supporting leaders in improving the classroom experience, rather than on operational aspects and running of a school, which can be fully supported by the Central Team and network of the Trust.
As a group of schools working together ‘governor learning’ is seen as an important aspect of our work and our commitment to our schools and cross-school professional development for governors is a regular feature of our work together.
For more details on the structure of Trust in Learning (Academies), its committees, local governing bodies and school improvement boards please see attached outline