Our thanks to our associate education experts Cathy Brown, Brendan Hollyer, Lizzie Oliver, Phil Preston, Julia Skinner, Sara Scott and Jill Wakefield for their advice for this article.
Make sure there's engagement in both directions
If you want your LGBs to be more engaged, the trust needs to engage with your LGBs too - it's a 2-way street.
Establish regular forums/away days Online or in person, these forums are a nice quick win to kick-start a more effective relationship in your trust. This could be: Termly chairs' forums LGB chairs across the trust can meet to discuss any updates/issues Annual trust forums The CEO, chair of trustees and LGB chairs can meet and check in Termly forums for specific governor roles (e.g. safeguarding and SEND) Bring together LGB link governors, link trustees and relevant staff