CEO report to the board: what to expect

Your CEO should update your board of trustees regularly. Find out what you can expect to see in the report, and use our guidance and template to help you steer your CEO so that the report works for you.

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  1. Agree on the scope, format and frequency
  2. Ask for the information you want to see
  3. Your CEO should give you the right amount of information
  4. Download and adapt our template 

Agree on the scope, format and frequency

Your CEO needs to provide your board with the information it needs to do its job well. 

Make sure you decide: 

  • What you'd like your CEO to include in the report – agree on the scope and format (this is explained on page 28 of the Governance Handbook)
    • Its a good idea to base the report on the trust quality descriptions – see below
  • On the frequency of your reports – make sure you take into account work-life balance and avoid busy periods such as exams
    • Most CEOs report to trustees 3 times a year

Ask for the information you want to see

Structure the report around the trust quality descriptions

Although these descriptions won't be used to make Ofsted-style judgements about trusts, they do define what the DfE wants you to deliver, and

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