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Academy trust schemes of delegation

Guidance to help trust boards construct and review this essential governance document


A scheme of delegation sets out how accountability and decision-making works within a multi academy trust. It details which tasks are carried out by the trust board, academy committees/local governing bodies and the executive team.

It is an essential document that the trust board must approve, and the trust is required to publish on their website.

Our schemes of delegation guide describes the elements of an effective scheme of delegation and provides examples and resources to help trusts construct and review their own.

The guide covers:

  • when to review the scheme of delegation
  • the typical trust governance structure
  • key roles and responsibilities
  • example delegation matrix

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