If your school is an academy or considering becoming one, or part of a multi- academy trust, you can find key information here to support your governing body before, during and after conversion.

  • Clerking in an Academy - what Clerks need to know (Recorded Jan '24)

    This webinar delivered by governance experts, Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn, provided attendees with an insight into the requirements of a clerk in an academy setting. It explored the nuances of the academy structures and procedures, and ensured attendees had clarity on the impact on clerking within an academy.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2024

  • The Role of Members in an Academy Trust (RECORDED FEB 2023)

    This webinar explored the role of Members in academy trusts. We clarified the expectations of Members, as an integral part of governance within academies, highlighting how Members should be adopting a ‘eyes on – hands off’ stance to their role. It is crucial that Members understand their statutory responsibilities and maintain an overview of the effectiveness of governance in their trust, so that they are able to exercise their powers, should the need arise. This session was hosted by Steve Barker who is an experienced governor, trustee and Member of a multi academy trust. The session was a mix of input from Steve, combines with in-session polls and the opportunity to have your questions answered in real time

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2023

  • Internal scrutiny – the role of governance

    This Better Governor webinar was for Trustees in academy trusts and explored the subject of Internal Scrutiny, focusing on its role and function and the oversight of the process that trustees are expected to have. The webinar was led by our governance expert Steve Barker, who is an experienced academy governor and chairs an academy trust and is a Member in a MAT. The session was a mix on input from Steve combined with in-session polls with an opportunity to have questions answered in real time.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2022

  • Strictly Education’s MAT Leader Survey results – Join our free webinar

    What we learned about academy trusts. Following publication of the March 2022 white paper, ‘Opportunity for All’, Strictly Education conducted a nationwide survey to provide insight into the business management and operational challenges faced by academy trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2022

  • Internal Scrutiny (Recorded March 2022)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the topic of Internal Scrutiny and its role in academy trusts. We focused on the statutory nature of the process, the involvement and role of trust boards, and how Internal Scrutiny should provide assurance that the trust's financial and non-financial controls, together with its management of risk, are operating effectively and contributing to the strategic oversight of the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2022

  • Understanding the role of Trustees

    Governance in academy trusts operates at a number of levels and for it to be effective, it is crucial that Members, Trustees, and those involved in governance at local level in multi-academy trusts, all understand their role and responsibilities.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2022

  • Role of local governance in Academies - 17th November - 12 noon

    Academy trusts operate a variety of governance models and use a number of different names for the arrangements they have in place at individual schools and groups of schools. This webinar explored the basic principles of governance, within academies, and how the trust's Scheme of Delegation, outlines what has been delegated. We reflected on how, at local level, those responsible for governance should be fulfilling the expectations of their role.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2021

  • Understanding your Trust’s Scheme of Delegation (Recorded June 2021)

    This webinar was aimed at those involved in governance in academies and explored the role and function of the Scheme of Delegation. We focused on the principles of delegation and how these should inform the structure of the trust's Scheme of Delegation, and ultimately shape the work of governance at local level.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2021

  • The role of Members in academy trusts - Podcast

    This podcast features our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn in conversation on the role and responsibilities of Members in academy trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Related Party Transactions

    The Education & Skills Funding Agency has introduced new statutory requirements on Academy Trusts, on related party transactions from 1st April 2019.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2019

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