Governance in IFtL
Inspiring Futures through Learning recognises that the quality and effectiveness of our governance is pivotal in ensuring that we are successful in delivering our Vision and Strategic Priorities.
Effective governance of our Multi Academy Trust relies on the input of a considerable number of non-executive volunteers, working in their strategic leadership roles alongside executive teams and continuously driving to ensure the best for our children, staff and communities.
Governance is supported in IFtL by the following:
Our Members are our custodians whose role is to ensure that the Trust is acting in the best interests of the children and young people at all times and achieving the Charitable Objective(s) as set out in our Articles of Association.
Board of Trustees
Our Trustees are bound by charity and company law which is why they are sometimes also referred to as directors (we refer to them as Trustees). As the Board of Trustees, they manage the business of the Trust and are legally responsible for the Trust’s statutory functions as well as the performance of all our academies.
Local Governing Bodies
To support the firm foundations of strong Governance, it is intended that each school has a Local Governing Body (LGB) that understands the school’s needs and its community (an LGB may be responsible for more than one school within the Trust). The LGB performs an essential role in providing focused governance at a local level. In order for each school to have autonomy to enable them to drive key areas specific to each school’s needs, certain powers and duties have been delegated to the LGB’s.
Led by the CEO, the Executive Team have delegated responsibilities for the operation of the Trust on a day to day basis.
Accountability and responsibility
The IFtL Scheme of Delegation (below) reflects the accountability of the Board of Trustees and outlines the powers delegated by them through the wider governance structure, providing clarity as to who the decision makers are for different levels of decisions.
Become a Governor, Support and further information
Behind every successful school is a team of strategic leaders; different one from the other but kindred in spirit and ambition. Famously described as ‘unsung heroes’, these school governors give generously of their time in pursuit of one shared purpose; to ensure our children and young people receive the very best education and support possible.
Across our schools, we are looking to recruit governors from a range of backgrounds who will strengthen the team. We need people who are passionate about education but not necessarily from an educational background. In fact, we are looking for people who bring a diversity of skills and experiences who think strategically and offer different perspectives.
Strong governance extends beyond the Board Room and at IFtL we encourage governors to visit the school and witness first-hand our staff and pupils hard at work. Getting to know the school is a very important part of your role and will help you in becoming a valued member of an effective Local Governing Body.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, you will be invited to meet with the Chair of the Local Governing Body, the Headteacher and the Clerk to Governors and to have a tour of the school. Where everyone is happy to proceed, your application will be forwarded to the Trust Board for approval and ratification.
Once appointed, you will be able to access high-quality training so that you are able to hit the ground running. Being a governor can also help develop other skills in your personal and professional life as you gain insight into the strategic world of school business.
If being a school governor is something that may interest you please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office, or IFtL’s Head of Professional and Governance Services, Stephanie Boak, who supports the Board of Trustees and Local Governing Bodies across IFtL in their strategic work.
For further information, please contact Stephanie on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01908 533283.
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