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Developing a Hub Model

Developing Academy Hubs

The Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT) sees real strengths in bringing groups of schools into the Trust together, from similar geographical areas. As the Trust develops, it will continue to reflect on its organisation, including with those schools currently within the Trust.


About Academy Hubs

A ‘Hub’ would typically consist of a number of academies, co-located within a reasonable geographic distance from one another. Whilst being full members of the wider Academy Trust, these academies would typically work more closely together than some of their more distant Trust partners. Services provided by the Trust will need to be such that they are provided flexibly to meet the needs of such a Hub. Hubs will continue to meet with other academies within the Trust in order to share experiences and expertise for the wider good of the Trust.


Advantages to Hub Working

  • Working closely with those nearby.
  • Sharing expertise effectively and efficiently between schools, ensuring best practice is spread across the Trust.
  • Greater efficiencies and economies of scale achieved within an area.
  • Opportunities to share governance arrangements within a locality.
  • Sharing school improvement resources within a locality.
  • Opportunities for shared joint practice development, utilising the range of skills that exists within the Hub and the wider Trust.
  • Flexible deployment of leadership and expertise across a geographical area that enables increased levels of performance and value for money.
  • An effective and more efficient way in which to incorporate small schools within the Trust.
  • A real opportunity to effect school improvement in challenging circumstances through shared approaches and system-led improvement, through school-to-school support.
  • The opportunity to shape Trust working according to local need.


Attributes of Hubs

  • A collective of local academies, within a defined geographical area – typically 6-8 academies.
  • Examples of shared leadership within and between a number of these academies achieve greater economies of scale and provide leadership opportunities for a wider number of staff within the Trust.
  • Other support networks that emerge from the Hub, such as Early Years, SEN, Finance Officers etc.
  • DSAT Services staff may spend a certain amount of time in a week working within the Hub setting e.g. HR / Finance.
  • DSAT Financial Services may operate from within the Hub rather than the central office.
  • A shared approach to School Improvement, potentially utilising skills within the Hub and where external advisers are employed, this will take a common approach within the Hub wherever possible.
  • A Hub Governance Board may be created, with sub-committees taking responsibility for individual academies.
  • Alternatively the Hub Governance Board may simply receive reports from the Local Governing Body of each academy, or group of academies under one executive leader.
  • The challenge is to create effective models of governance that do not simply add layer upon layer and become ineffective and cumbersome for all concerned.

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