How to raise your board of trustees' visibility in your trust community

Your trust board must oversee stakeholder engagement across your trust – so, it's important that everyone knows who you are and what your board does. Use our expert tips to help raise trustees' profile in all your schools.

Last reviewed on 13 November 2023
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  1. Getting known is essential for community engagement
  2. Raise your profile with staff first
  3. Ways to be more visible in your trust's schools

Getting known is essential for community engagement

Strategic oversight of stakeholder engagement across your trust is now 1 of the 3 main purposes of your board, as set out in the Academy Trust Handbook 2023 (paragraph 1.10).

The Department for Education (DfE)'s trust quality descriptions also set the expectation that, in a high-quality trust, the trust board will involve stakeholders to make sure its decisions are supported by "meaningful engagement".

You can only engage meaningfully with stakeholders if they're aware of your board and its role. Although you might delegate a lot of community engagement work to your local governing bodies, you should make sure your trust board is visible to, and understood by:

  • Pupils and parents/carers in all your schools
  • All employees across your trust
  • Everyone involved in governance across your trust
  • The wider communities your schools are a part of

Strong engagement with your trust's employees sets a foundation for engaging with

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