Governance Within DSAT
In line with the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation, the Trust Board delegates a number of duties to our Local Governing Boards (LGBs). The role of these LGBs is somewhat different to that of a traditional governing body, given the setup of the Trust and the central roles that exist. This document outlines some of the key expectations and areas for focus for these LGBs and how their role fits alongside the central functions of the Trust. The Chair of each LGB will support the development of individual LGB members and the clerk and in turn, will work with the clerk to carry out a 360 degree review of their own performance, which they will review with other Chairs within the Hub. Each LGB will carry out an annual assessment of its performance in line with the Twenty Questions found here.
The Scheme of Delegation continues to be the most important document to guide the overall governance of the Trust and in particular the work of each LGB. It is essential that all governors and clerks are familiar with the Scheme and refer to it regularly to ensure that their work is focused on the right areas.
Our academies will not have a Finance / Resources Committee. Summary financial reports will be provided to the meetings of the full LGB. Other financial oversight is provided by the Trust’s finance team.
Where we are developing Hub Governing Boards (HGBs), these will meet three times per year and focus their work on collaboration for academy improvement and creating greater efficiencies, enabling additional investment in teaching and learning. Their responsibilities are fully outlined in the Scheme of Delegation.
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