Schemes of delegation in multi-academy trusts

All MATs do governance differently, and your scheme of delegation will set out your trust's approach. As a trustee or local governor, you'll need to be familiar with this document. Understand what kind of information you'll find and when you should look to it for answers.

Last reviewed on 15 November 2023
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  1. What you'll find in the scheme of delegation
  2. Using the scheme
  3. Examples from trusts

What you'll find in the scheme of delegation

Your scheme of delegation sets out where responsibilities and accountabilities sit within your multi-academy trust (MAT)'s structure. For example, it will indicate whether a task is the responsibility of the board of trustees, local governing bodies (LGBs), headteachers or central staff.

All MATs will delegate this differently, so the scheme is something you'll refer to often.

Find questions about schemes of delegation in our article on questions to ask before joining a MAT.

Your board of trustees should review it annually

Or immediately where there's been a change in your trust's management or structure.

This is explained in paragraph 2.4 of the Academy Trust Handbook.

Using the scheme

Your trust should provide induction training for all trustees and local governors on what the scheme of delegation is and how it's applied.

Find details about your MAT’s committees (including LGBs) and