We are passionate about the role of schools in their communities and in being at the heart of learning.
Within this section of our website you will find the key documents which enable us to successfully operate as a multi-academy trust, and those that we are required to publish online. We have also provided some resources to be used by our governors and academy leaders. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or wish to comment on these web pages, then please contact us. Further information on governance in multi-academy trusts can be downloaded from the GOV.UK website.
There are some key differences between the governance models for Academies and those of maintained schools. The Academies governance model approved by the DfE is flexible and allows individual trusts to constitute themselves in a way which meets their individual needs. We have set out below the structure of the Northern Education Trust’s governance arrangements and provided an overview of the constitution of the Trust and its relationship with local governing boards at our academies.
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) in its Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) provides detailed guidance on the roles and expectations of Members, Trustees and Governors. The latest AFH for 2016 is available from the EFA website. Northern Education Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee, as such, the liability of the members is set at £10 in the Trust’s Articles of Association. The Trust has a number of layers of governance:
The functions of the Members includes:
Overall, Members usually have much more limited practical involvement in the management of the Trust than the trustees.
In each academy, the governors are part of the leadership of the academy. It is their role to:
The Leadership Team is led by the Chief Executive who is appointed by the Members/Trustees. The Chief Executive and Trustees in turn appoint a group of individuals to provide support in the management of the Trust’s day to day activities including; governance, school improvement, finance and human resources.
The Chief Executive is also designated as the Accounting Officer for the purposes of the Trusts Funding Agreement with the Education Funding Agreement. This designation confers legal responsibility for financial and administrative matters.
The Leadership Team meets regularly and co-ordinates the policies and activities of the Trust in conjunction with the Trustees and the Principals and Chairs at each individual academy.
Individual academies are led by a Principal, who is also designated as the Local Accounting Officer, and the person responsible for the day-to-day running of the academy.
The Principal is supported by a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) which is made up of senior members of staff. Through their wide range of expertise and experience, the SLT work together to ensure that every pupil or student enjoys their time at the Academy and reaches their full potential.