Leger Education Trust is run by a Board of Trustees. These Trustees will be appointed by the Members of the Trust. The Trust delegations are based on a “full” model of delegation with earned autonomy based upon:
The Board of Trustees retains overall responsibility and ultimate decision-making authority for all the work of the Trust regardless of delegation outlined within this document; in line with the direct responsibility to the Members to ensure the Trust’s charitable objects are met and to the Secretary of State for Education as the Principal Regulator. Therefore, the Board of Directors is ultimately entitled to:
Although Leger Education Trust is based on a “full” model of delegation, Trustees will monitor the performance across all the Academies within the Trust. The policy sets out a number of ‘triggers’ which would result in the Trust CEO intervening and agreeing a plan of action to support the Academy going forward. These will be reported to Trustees at their Board meeting and therefore will be scrutinised termly as well as each academic year.
The level of intervention and support will be dependent on the need and requirement of the Academy to improve and will be agreed between the Trustees, CEO, and Academy Principal (unless this is not appropriate).
Examples of performance indicators within the Performance Escalation and Intervention Policy include:
Governors in a Academy Governing Board carry the three main core functions as details in the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook (same as those of a Trustee):
The Academy Governing Boards are sub committees to the Board of Trustees. The delegation covers procedural and statutory powers for the operational life of each academy. It plays a key role in the life of each Academy and has responsibility, working with the Senior Leadership Team to improve every aspect of the Academy.
Each Academy will have an Academy Governing Board (AGB) who will meet 6 times per year. It will also have Link Governors who visit once per term.
All Academies AGB's will have at least 9 governors. Where Academies join the Trust, every effort will be made to either increase or reduce the AGB's to the required number of 9 in a timely period. Typically, AGB's carry out the same functions regardless of their level of delegation and focus on the day to day running of the academy, carrying out the Trust's vision, policies and priorities, supporting and holding the academy leadership to account.
The structure of the membership should comprise of:
Academy Governing Boards will meet six times per year and will receive statutory and agreed reports from: