Create Learning Trust

Aligning school planning in a Multi-Academy Trust

Create Learning Trust

Aligning school planning in a Multi-Academy Trust 

As CEO of a newly formed Multi-academy Trust, I wanted to support the three schools within the trust to fully understand their new role and help them to enhance their role as the ‘eyes on the ground’.

Su had worked with the Trust to develop its governance structure, which amplified the key role that Local Academy Boards had in governance and providing the best possible education. In preparation for the launch of the Trust, Su supported each school to evaluate their governance using Shaping Governance.

The benefit of using Shaping Governance across all of the schools within the trust, was that all governors got to understand their role, within a new scheme of delegation, and use this new knowledge to align and improve how they govern.

What was interesting was that all three schools identified that they needed to make improvements in the same area of governance - stakeholder voice. This has allowed the Trust to begin to look at a Trust-wide response to this area, and are working to support LABs to improve their approach to hearing the views of pupils and parents and using this to improve their monitoring.

Shaping Governance is a great way for governors to learn, share and improve, and helped Create Learning Trust to get the most out of the role of local boards. Supporting all levels within the trust to develop, not just the MAT ensured that all governors and directors understand their valuable contribution, and how this is communicated through.

Sarah Woodward

CEO
Create Learning Trust