This discussion will review the DfE checklist for Boards, to support their effective stewardship of the schools estate. It provides an opportunity for board leaders to share what is happening in their trust, to become more aware of how to discharge their duties and how they might addition funding.
(2) Getting local governance right with National Governance Association
This session will explore the issues surrounding local governance in MATs, addressing whether your governance structure is fit for purpose, and key lessons on delegation and communication to those governing locally.
(2) Workforce: unlocking potential with Ambition Institute
What is the board’s role in unlocking the potential of the full workforce across all schools? Unlocking potential: The Ambition Institute will hold a surgery session with trust board leaders to present the latest finding from Ambition/EPI Research on workforce in schools.
(2) Developing the trust, masterclass: growth, change and improvement
In this session, delegates will discuss how the strategic deployment of technology, combined with the right support and expertise, is the essential ingredient to enable collaboration, support growth and inform good decision making at all levels across the trust.
(2) Driving social change: what does it take to deliver outstanding careers provision in your trust?
Using CEC’s Compass careers benchmarking tool, board leaders will gain a high-level overview of their trust’s position in terms of careers provision and discuss opportunities for improvement, to increase social mobility and ensure the best life chances for pupils.
This session will create a space to reflect on board evaluation. The current approach to board evaluation focuses on individual skills and competencies. The session will explore a different approach based on the competence of the board as a corporate entity.
(2) Financial planning in a primary-school multi-academy trust
This session addresses different elements of the Integrated Curriculum Planning approach and provides real examples of how boards can look at staffing, budget, teacher hours and priorities in a holistic, strategic manner.
(2) Getting started in financial governance: what you should know
A session on the essential of financial governance at academy trusts, particularly designed for those new to a board role in an academy trust. This session includes key information from the regulator (ESFA) and input from highly experienced board directors.
(2) How to set up a free school, with New Schools Network
NSN provides a range of services to free schools at every stage of their development, many of which are completely free to access. In this session, NSN’s Head of Strategy and Planning, Sam Fitzpatrick, is available to answer any queries you might have about free schools and the free schools process.
(2) MAT impact masterclass: creating, evaluating and reporting MAT impact, with Nexus Multi Academy Trust
Andy Child, chair of Nexus Multi Academy Trust, talks on how the board of this small but growing trust monitors the trust’s delivery of vision and values and the impact on children, across each of its schools - including an introduction to Nexus MAT’s self-assessment tool.