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Governance of academy trusts


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 in line with the National Leader of Governance criteria
  • Strategic support to boards
  • 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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be connected newsletter for education - July 2021

In this edition we provide you with the latest in legal updates, news and insight from the sector.

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Getting to grips with the direction of travel - the New Model Articles

Why academy trusts must seriously consider how the new Model Articles may impact their operations.

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Independent survey to inform a new national benchmark for trust executive team remuneration

Today marks the start of an independent survey that will gather data to create a new national benchmark for school trust executive team remuneration.

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School Admissions Code 2021 – what you need to know

The School Admissions Code 2021 (“the Code”) was recently published by the Department for Education (DfE) following a consultation exercise in summer 2020. The Code is currently subject to parliamentary approval, but it will be in force from 1 September 2021.

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