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Effective governance is an essential part of any organisation. School, academy and college governors have a difficult task – as unpaid volunteers they are responsible for providing effective leadership, direction and control of their schools and colleges. Good governance requires an active governing body working with a strong leadership team to create effective corporate governance throughout the organisation.

Our experienced team gives you access to experts (including National Leaders in Governance) in the full range of corporate and governance issues. Those relevant to the education sector include academy projects, governance structures, multi academy trust structures, joint ventures and commercial arrangements, collaboration, alliance arrangements and trading companies. Our team has an excellent reputation for providing practical, commercial and innovative advice.

what we do...

  • Advising on all constitutional matters and on conflicts of interest. 
  • Governance training on a range of issues including legal duties, effective decision-making and the relationship between the board and leadership team.
  • Governance reviews and providing strategic support to the board.
  • Advising on EFA, DfE and OFSTED requirements
  • Providing options appraisals
  • Delivering horizon-scanning sessions for boards on latest developments/trends in the sector.

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Legal updates

Are you ready for gender pay gap reporting?

New regulations are now in place requiring employers, including academy trusts, to publish their gender pay gap information annually.

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Guides

Forming or Joining a Group of Schools: staying in control of your school’s destiny

Browne Jacobson has again been delighted to work in partnership with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the National Governance Association (NGA).

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Legal updates

MATs: what makes good governance? (Optimus Education report)

Read about the governance experiences of CEOs and trustees in MATs of different sizes and gain advice and tips on building a great trust board.

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Legal updates

General Election 2017 - implications for schools

Theresa May has announced her intention to call a general election. In practice, it is likely that expected DfE announcements will be deferred until after the election.

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