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  • Academy trustees: legal obligations As an academy trustee, you have legal duties as a charity trustee and a company director. Be clear on what they are, and where you can go for legal advice, so you're compliant.
  • CEO report to the MAT board: template and guidance Download our template for a CEO's report to the MAT board, with advice on how to keep your report strategic and what to cover in each section.
  • Disqualification of trustees and local governors Know the criteria under which a trustee or local governor can't serve on your governing board. Use our template declarations of eligibility to check trustees or local governors shouldn't be disqualified on appointment or during their time in office.
  • Examples of role descriptions for academy trustees What is the role of an academy trustee? This article refers to examples of role descriptions for trustees in single and multi-academy trusts (MATs). We also link to further information on the legal duties of academy trustees.
  • MAT trustees: self-evaluation and training resources Are there resources to aid MAT trustee self-evaluation and training? This article features a KeyDoc for trustees of multi-academy trusts (MATs) to use to evaluate their performance. It links to key questions for a MAT board, to a self-evaluation tool for the MAT itself, and to training sources.
  • Members of the academy trust: roles and responsibilities Learn about the role of members in an academy trust, and understand their key responsibilities.
  • Removing an academy trustee from office What are the rules on removing academy trustees from office? We explain the rules on this, as set out in the DfE's model articles and the Governance Handbook. We also relay advice from one of our associate education experts on seeking to remove a trustee.
  • Role of a company secretary Read about the role of a company secretary and how the role may differ in a multi-academy trust (MAT), and information on recruiting company secretaries and the skills and knowledge they should have.
  • Terms of reference: boards of trustees and local governing bodies Find out who needs to have terms of reference and understand how they differ from your scheme of delegation. Discover examples for both boards of trustees and local governing bodies (LGBs) so you can get inspiration if you need to write your own.
  • Terms of reference: committees in multi-academy trusts (MATs) Are there examples of terms of reference for committees within MATs? We link to examples of terms of reference for committees formed by multi-academy trust (MAT) boards, including for committees covering finance, audit and standards. We also point to requirements in the Academies Financial Handbook.