The ambition of trust boards and governing bodies everywhere, is surely to achieve highly effective governance practices and to have the right people, in the right place, doing the right thing. This is a journey that we are all on, to varying degrees from where our boards are now and where we are headed.
There really, truly, is no “one size fits all” and the key to understanding what to tackle next, is to understand where you and your boards are now. That can be by your own evaluation exercises, or with help from a third party.
The DfE commissioned an investigation report which was published recently to establish a picture into current governance practice and then to use it to inform future policy development. This new investigation report on school and trust governance by the National Foundation for Educational Research has been shared by the DfE which drew on the voices of schools and academy trusts from all parties, to input into the research on school and trust governance.
What is really interesting is how this report aligns to the key findings of governance reviews we have undertaken, and formally pulls together the voices of 1,207 school and some 2,751 individual responses.
As a National Leader of Governance, and having completed multiple training exercises by the DfE on reviewing trust/school governance, it is heart-warming to see official findings, validating the significant number of reviews I have been involved with and some key features emerging.
At Bishop Fleming we are constantly striving to share the breadth of our experience with school trusts to help increase the effectiveness of governance practices. It is not easy to get the right people, in the right place doing the right thing, but we aim to support trusts to get there. If you would like to discuss any of your governance arrangements, please contact us.