Release date: 23/11/2016

The National Governors’ Association (NGA) has today published version II of its working models, to help trustees in multi academy trusts (MATs) decide the best governance structure for their schools, in order to be effective. The models suggest what to delegate and to whom, with a number of given scenarios.

Today we are also releasing parts 1 and 2 of the updated guide, published jointly with ASCL and Browne Jacobson: Staying in Control of your School’s Destiny. Part 1 looks at the considerations for forming or joining a group of schools and part two is designed to to hep assess what MAT is right for you when joining an already established group of schools.

This week also saw the release of a new guide NGA for trustees of MATs.  Those attending the academies show can pick up the guide with 50% off. Click here to find out more and to buy your copy.

The releases coincides with a major free event in the Education calendar - The Academies Show, where NGA is running a governance hub at stand 12A, plus workshops and an ‘in conversation with’ Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the NGA hosted by the BBC’s Sean Coughlan.

These pioneering resources build on the experience that NGA has of working with MATs around the country of various sizes, complexity and maturity, as well as conducting our own reviews of MAT governance as part of the Training and Consultancy Service.

Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association, said: “I’m delighted to speak today to all those who govern and lead academies and those from maintained schools who are considering their options. School governance is about ensuring the best outcomes for children and young people, so it’s really important that everyone understands their role within the MAT; who makes the decisions and how to make their voice heard.”

Clare Collins, NGA’s Lead Consultant, said: “To date NGA has advised on the governance structures of nearly 40 multi academy trusts of varying sizes and stages of development, including nine external reviews. MAT trustees should give serious consideration to these models when thinking about how their MAT is structured, and consider contacting me:  for tailored advice on developing your own scheme of delegation.”   

Sam Henson, NGA’s Head of Information, said: “A good scheme of delegation ensures executive leadership is clear about which decisions are held by the trustee board and which aren’t. It promotes a culture of transparency and responsibility and helps us to avoid misunderstandings. Governance in groups of schools is complex and so these models demonstrate the underlying principals which determine the lines of accountability, so it is clear where certain decision making should lie. Let me know if you have any feedback, I’d be delighted to hear from you:

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Join NGA at the Academies Show November 2016

If you’re at the Academies Show today, look out for NGA at stand A12 and come along to our sessions.

  1. Hot Seat – 11:00 –11:30
    Governing mattersIn conversation with Emma Knights

Hot Seat moderator, Sean Coughlan – BBC Education Correspondent.

  1. Seminar Theatre 1 – 12:30 – 13:15
    NGA spotlight on: Governance decisions in MATs

Clare Collins, Head of Consultancy, NGA
Sam Henson, Head of Information, NGA

  1. Recruitment & Skills Open Theatre  13:00 – 13:30
    The right people around the table: How to build a board

Judith Hicks, Head of Inspiring Governance, NGA
Niki Gandham, Advice Officer, NGA

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