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Estates management

Use our guides to understand how governors and trustees maintain strategic oversight of the estate.

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The role of those governing is to maintain strategic oversight which ensures that the estate is being managed properly and that buildings and grounds are safe, sustainable, and an efficient use of resources.

Our estates management guides are available for those governing in multi academy trusts (MATs) and single schools (maintained schools and single academy trusts).

The guides cover:

  • building knowledge of the estate and setting performance measures
  • organisational capacity – ensuring staff have the right skills and knowledge
  • strategic planning – key documents boards should review
  • managing resources – budget monitoring, procurement and efficiency
  • ensuring compliance – inspections, health and safety and risk management
  • questions that governors and trustees might ask

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