Governance Structure

Overview

  • There will still be one company.
  • Members can be considered as the custodians of the MAT – they have a hands-off role in terms of managing the Trust and act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the MAT.
  • Trustees have strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all management decisions within the MAT academies.
  • A Local Governing Body (LGB) will be established by the Trustees for each academy (although in future an LGB could act in respect of more than one academy if appropriate).
  • LGB plays support & challenge role for each Academy’s senior leadership team.
  • An optional Principals’ Executive Group (PEG) chaired by the Executive Principal (EP) could be an operational group to support the management of the academies.
  • A “Chairs’ Group” could be set up to facilitate communication across the MAT and between the board of Trustees and the LGBs. It would also provide schools and learning communities
    within the MAT a “voice”. This body would feed into the main Board through the Chair of Trustees.

Summary

Members Structure

 

  • There will be 6 members. Initially, the 2 Chairs of the founding providers will be members, plus 4 other individuals will be appointed
  • Under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 a local authority counsellor is an associated person who therefore counts to the limit in the DfE’s model articles that no more than 19.9% of members and trustees can be associated persons. This is because this would make the academy trust a local authority influenced company and this is prohibited by DfE policy.
  • The Members appoint an agreed number of Trustees to the MAT board.
  • Members rights are enshrined in Company law and Members may:
    1. wind up the MAT
    2. amend the articles of association
    3. appoint trustees
    4. remove any trustee
    5. by special resolution give direction to the Board.
  • In the event that the MAT is wound up without enough assets to satisfy its creditors, each Member would be liable to pay up to £10 towards these debts.
  • Each Member could be asked to sign a letter confirming they agree tothe further the vision and values of the MAT.
  • To ensure a suitable degree of independence between the membership and board, no more than two members will also be trustees.
  • Meet at least once a year, but is likely that you would look to have more informal interactions with the members to keep them engaged in the work of the Trust.

Trustee Structure

 

  • Trustees are responsible for the management and administration of the MAT and are accountable to the Members who act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the MAT.
  • There will be up to 9 Trustees. The board will comprise of up to 5 Trustees appointed by the Members (on a skills basis), the Executive Principal (EP) and one other member of PEG (PEG
    Trustee), then 2 co-opted Trustees. Where the MAT operates primary academies, then the Board will appoint a primary head as one of the co-opted Trustees.
  • The first MAT Trustees will be as agreed by the founding providers (anticipated the board will initially have 7 in post).
  • Trustees will have to sign an appointment letter confirming the basis on which they are acting.
  • Board’s key responsibilities will be to ensure through governance structure and leadership team that the MAT (1) is making proper and effective use of public funds, (2) for the
    quality of provision and (3) has an effective strategy in place to meet its obligations.
  • Each Academy will have or share a Local Governing Body – a committee of the Board. The LGBs will only be able to establish sub-committees with the permission of the Board.
  • The Board may also establish committees, such as Audit & Risk.
  • Board will meet 4 times a year; once per term and twice in the Autumn term due to extra meeting to approve audited accounts.

Please Note:
  • Board elect one of their members who is not an employee to act as Chair.
  • The Board’s composition will ensure that there is an appropriate mix of skills for both the operation of a MAT but also the type of academies that the MAT operates. Therefore, if the Trust encompasses primary schools, it will need to ensure that there are appropriate Trustees on the Board that have a genuine and deep understanding of the primary phase.

 

Principals’ Executive Group (PEG)

 

  • The PEG will be chaired by the Executive Principal.
  • PEG’s key responsibilities will include;
    1. review and report to the Board of Trustees on progress for the priority objectives set by the Board of Trustees;
    2. reviewing educational performance and the effect of agreed interventions across the
    3. to provide peer support and challenge, share ideas and drive collaboration across the MAT academies
    4. report to the Board of Trustees on progress on all issues of responsibility for the PEG.
  • Other MAT employees and specialist support (e.g. Finance Director and Business Managers) may be invited to attend ad-hoc meetings as required.
  • PEG will meet at least half-termly.

 

Chairs’ Group

 

  • The Board of Trustees will also establish a Chairs’ Group, which will comprise of the Chair of the main Board of Trustees, the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, together with the Chair of each local governing body of the Trust
  • The Chairs’ Group will be chaired by the main Board Chair.
  • The function of the Chairs’ Group will be to act as a conduit of effective communication between the local academies and the main Board – it will not have decision making powers itself.
  • The Chairs’ Group will also provide a forum to share ideas and drive collaboration across the MAT academies.
  • The members of PEG may be invited to attend ad hoc meetings, as required. PEG will meet at least termly
  • The MAT’s terms of reference will prohibit individuals from chairing more than two boards/committees.

 

Local Governing Bodies (LGB)

Oldham Sixth Form LGB

 

  • The Local Governing Body is responsible for making “day to day” decisions on the operation of the relevant Academy, by way of the powers delegated to it by the Trustees in accordance with appropriate terms of reference.
  • LGB terms of reference may be drafted to deliver “earned autonomy” where main Board has a range of powers to intervene depending on scale of any issues.
  • Initially, the LGBs will reflect the current GBs make up. The LGB composition can vary between academies, but the intention would be to have each LGB comprising of no more than 11 members. Initially, the composition would be as follows for Oldham SFC:
    • 2 student governors
    • 2 elected parent governors
    • 2 staff governors & the Principal
    • 8 governors co-opted by the LGB governors
  • The LGB will appoint one of the Governors to act as the LGB Chair.
  • The LGB will meet twice per term, either side of a full Board meeting.
  • The EP and other members of the MAT’s management team will be entitled to attend and speak at LGB meetings.

Please Note:

We anticipate over time that the LGB for the College would reduce in size

 

The Hathershaw College LGB

 

  • The Local Governing Body is responsible for making “day to day” decisions on the operation of the relevant Academy, by way of the powers delegated to it by the Trustees in accordance with appropriate terms of reference.
  • LGB terms of reference may be drafted to deliver “earned autonomy” where main Board has a range of powers to intervene depending on scale of any issues.
  • Initially, the LGBs will reflect the current GBs make up. The LGB composition can vary between academies, but the intention would be to have each LGB comprising of no more than 11 members. Initially, the composition would be as follows for Hathershaw College:
    • 2 elected parent governor
    • 2 staff governors & the Principal
    • 4 governors co-opted by the LGB governors
  • The LGB will appoint one of the Governors to act as the LGB Chair.
  • The LGB will meet twice per term, either side of a full Board meeting.
  • The EP and other members of the MAT’s management team will be entitled to attend and speak at LGB meetings.

Please Note:

We anticipate over time that the LGB for the College would reduce in size