How to embed your scheme of delegation

Make sure your scheme of delegation works in practice and helps staff, trustees and local governors achieve your trust's objectives. Follow our tips to make sure your scheme keeps pace with changes across your trust and is applied effectively.

Last reviewed on 15 May 2024
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  1. Follow these guiding principles 
  2. Be clear about what's in your scheme to find out if it's working
  3. Make time to discuss the scheme and get everyone on the same page
  4. Set up clear lines of communication so stakeholders can feed back
  5. Get oversight of what's going on in LGB meetings
  6. Keep these questions in mind at all times

Follow these guiding principles 

Nominate someone to lead this work. This could be your trust-wide clerk, governance lead, chair of trustees or company secretary, depending on your structure. This person should become your expert on the scheme so your local committees/local governing bodies (LGBs) and other stakeholders across the trust have a key contact they can go to moving forward.

Consult and communicate with all stakeholders every step of the way, including your LGBs, headteachers and trust central team.

Recognise that it's a change to your management process, so there'll be headaches. This is particularly the case where you've changed the responsibilities you delegate or you have new schools joining your trust that need some time to get

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