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 Impact Statement

Governance Impact Statement

Governors have three main duties

  1. To guide the strategic direction of the trust
  2. To challenge school leaders ensuring high standards of achievement and safety
  3. To ensure best value and appropriate use of our public funding

The strategic direction

Governors bring a great range of experience and skills to the trust.  They help the trust to make informed and well considered decisions.

What difference has this made?

Governors have guided and supported school leaders in making the decisions about the growth of the trust and supporting other schools.  The improvements in results, in the buildings and the recruitment and retention of staff reflect the success of this strategy.  They have set out the vision and principles of the trust and at local level they guide school improvement.

The challenge to leaders

Governors need to know what is going on in the schools and they do this through an Academy Challenge Team (ACT). This team have particular skills or knowledge for example in data analysis or safeguarding.  They make regular visits to schools to meet leaders and effectively monitor the monitoring.  Their visits are tightly structured and an online reporting system guides their questioning and ensures challenge.  Finished reports are viewed by the local governing bodies and also by the trust board.

What difference has this made?

ACT members have helped leaders to make comparisons between the schools and provided a fresh perspective on data and outcomes.  They have helped to confirm strengths and areas for development and they ensure that the local governors and the board have a clear picture of standards.  Their checks and tests help to give us all confidence that our schools are safe and compliant.

Best Value

Governors closely monitor the trust's finances ensuring that funding is used appropriately and that robust and appropriate financial systems are in place.  They also look at wider funding streams.

What difference has this made?

The trust is confident that its systems and procedures are appropriate and that we can be viewed as a trusted employer with integrity.  The skills of some board members have resulted in significant additional funding for the buildings and premises.  In a three year period successful bids have resulted in over £700,000 worth of additional funding for the three schools in the trust.  This year our schools were the only schools in Torbay to benefit from this central government funding.