The governance of a multi-academy trust differs from those of maintained schools. The White Horse Federation (TWHF) believes that placing statutory responsibilities firmly at its centre, in the remit of the trustee board, allows the local board of governance (LBG) to focus on providing support, overcoming challenges in the delivery of educational excellence, and achieving outstanding outcomes for all pupils.
There are direct channels of communication between the principal and the LBG chair and central services. The clerk to the trustee board will hold contact details for all members of LBGs within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should come from the chair of that LBG, managed by the school or through an LBG clerk, if such a position is deemed necessary.
The principal and the chair of the LBG are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all material needed to keep LBG members well-informed about the school and TWHF.The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LBG are well communicated to the trustee board. This can be done via the elected chair’s representative on the trustee board. Senior executives from TWHF will be nominated by the CEO to sit on an LBG. Trustees reserve the right to attend any LBG meeting.
The White Horse Federation has a very clear and shared understanding of what constitutes good and effective governance. Schools within TWHF will be judged to have outstanding governance when members of the LBG:
- Talk about teaching and learning.
- Know a great deal about the school and its community.
- Are ambitious for the school and its community.
- Ask questions which make colleagues reflect, and that these discussions lead to delivering the very best outcomes for every child and adult within the school community.
- Maintain strong and effective relationships within TWHF.
In order for the shared model of governance to be effective for TWHF and the schools, it is essential that there is effective communication between the trustee board, the LBGs, chairs groups, principals, the central team, and the executive leadership team.
The White Horse Federation Local Board of Governance
Each school has its own local governing body (LGB). The chair of each LGB will also sit on a collective group of similar chairs, from which one representative will be elected and then co-opted onto the executive board. This process will be repeated every two years, thus affording new chairs the opportunity to be similarly elected.
TWHF executive board has clearly identified the areas of responsibility that they delegate to the LGBs. Although not in any way legally responsible, and not itself accountable for the statutory functions, the LGB has an important role to play in assisting the school to operate effectively in line with the wishes of TWHF executive board as communicated to the LGB.
To learn more, visit The White Horse Federation website.
Interim Advisory Board at Grange Junior School
What is an IAB?
The interim advisory board is established as an interim measure when a governing body has been dissolved as part of the recovery process for schools following Ofsted categorisation or where concerns have been identified with governance. Its prime purpose is to ensure that the school recovers in the due timescales and is secure enough to sustainably deliver the appropriate quality of education for its pupils.
The IAB replaces the governing body for a specified transition period and is charged with securing the recovery and improvement of the school as quickly as possible. An IAB is used to accelerate improvement in standards and attainment and provide challenge to the leadership of the school to secure rapid improvement. The IAB’s main function is to secure a sound basis for future improvement in the school, and this should include the promotion of high standards of educational achievement.
The IAB may take on some/all the responsibilities of a normally constituted governing body, including the management of the budget, the curriculum, staffing, pay and performance management, and appointments
March to July 2019 - Interim Advisory Board (IAB)
Chair of IAB and TWHF Regional Director for Swindon
Primary Director of School Improvement
Principal at Haydon Wick Primary School
Assistant Principal at St Mary & All Saints Primary School
Chair of Grange Junior Shadow LGB
Chair of Grange Infants LGB