Academy governance

The last decade has seen a transformation in the structure and form of school governance across England with the introduction of the academy trust. Academy governance has evolved as a distinct form of school governance compared to that delivered within the maintained sector for a range of reasons.

Essential Academy Governance

Gain insight into the governance of academy trusts and the key building blocks of strong governance structures with this one day course. Delivered by Emma Perkin, Founder and Lead Consultant at The Constant Group and former Head of Governance at Ark Schools, this course is ideal for trust secretaries, clerks, trustees and school leaders who strive for good practice in the development of governance within their trust.

What will you learn?

By the end of the day you will have gained:

  • A practical perspective on key elements of successful governance within a trust
  • Tools to assess your own governance arrangements and suggest improvements
  • An understanding of the regulators' expectations of academy trusts
  • Ideas for the development of your board and governance professionals in your trust

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The Role of the Company Secretary in Academy Trusts

Delivering company secretarial activities within academy trusts requires a strong understanding of the regulatory environment, organisational skill and preparation, and the ability to work with colleagues to meet a range of internal and external deadlines. These requirements arise in particular from the legal structure of academy trusts which are established as both companies, charities and education organisations.

This course provides delegates with a detailed view of the full range of legislative requirements, practical tips and time-saving templates to equip attendees to deliver this area of academy trust governance. Course trainers Emma Perkin and Anna Machin have ‘walked the walk’ in delivering, and advising on, company secretarial work for a range of trusts, bringing an understanding of how this role can best be navigated.

What will you learn?

By the end of the day you will have gained:

  • An understanding of the regulatory and legislative environment that informs company secretarial requirements placed on trusts
  • Details of the respective roles and responsibilities of trustees, executive leaders, finance staff and the academy trust secretary with regards to company secretarial activities
  • Practical advice on how to approach each area of delivery from fulfilling the articles and delivering filings to maintaining registers and submitting returns
  • The knowledge, tips and documentation to enable you to take on this role with confidence.

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