Trustees work together to carry out their three core functions:
- Ensuring there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent and
- Ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard.
Trustees are responsible for governing a charitable company and directing how it is managed and run. Trustees must also ensure that the trust complies with all legal and statutory requirements.
The Board of Trustees’ Strategic Responsibilities
The board of trustees works closely with their senior executive leader. Senior executive leaders are responsible for day to day operational management of the trust and its schools, whereas the role of the board is strategic. As such, trustees are responsible for:
- Determining the mission, values and long-term ambitious vision for the trust;
- Deciding the principles that guide trust policies and approving key policies;
- Appointing and appraising the senior executive leader and making pay recommendations;
- Working with senior leaders to develop a strategy for achieving the vision;
- Ensuring that stakeholders are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate;
- Ensuring that all schools in the trust deliver a broad and balanced curriculum such that pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education and adult life;
- Taking ownership of the trust’s financial sustainability and ensuring effective resource management across the trust;
- Agreeing the trust’s staffing structure and keeping it under review to ensure it supports delivery of the strategy and
- Ensuring robust risk management policy and procedures are in place and that risk control measures are appropriate and effective.
Monitoring and evaluating trust performance
Trustees must monitor the priorities that have been set to ensure progress is being made by:
- Measuring the trust’s impact and progress towards its strategic objectives;
- Ensuring the required policies and procedures are in place and the trust is operating effectively in line with these policies;
- holding the senior executive leader to account for standards, financial probity and compliance with agreed policies
- evaluating relevant data and feedback provided by senior executive leaders and external reporting on all aspects of trust performance
- asking challenging questions of the senior executive leader in order to hold them to account
- ensuring that there are policies and procedures in place to deal with complaints effective
Please contact Mrs P Wright, Governance Professional To The Academy Trust & Governance Board, for more information (email@example.com, 01422 244625).