What you'll learn
New to governance? Let us guide you through what you need to know right now about your trust and your role, so you feel ready to contribute straight away. Learn in bitesize chunks whenever best suits you, or set aside about 3 hours to do this course in one sitting.
Who is this course for?
Trustees in both single academy trusts (SATs) and multi-academy trusts (MATs).
A note on terminology
Academies don’t all follow the same blueprint, so the names of different roles and documents in your trust may differ from how we refer to them in this course.
For example, when we use the terms:
- ‘Trust leaders’
- In a SAT, this includes the headteacher and any staff member who's part of the senior leadership team
- In a MAT, this includes anyone in the trust central team, e.g. the chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), chief operating officer (COO), and other executive leaders
- ‘Local governors’, we mean those who sit on ‘local governing bodies' (LGBs) in a MAT – not on the board of trustees. Your trust may use alternative labels, such as ‘advisory committees’, ‘academy councils’, ‘ambassadors’ or something different
If you’re ever in doubt about which individual or document we’re talking about, talk to your chair or clerk.
Governance during coronavirus
We developed this course to help you understand governance as it normally happens. During coronavirus, trust boards and local governing bodies have had to adapt the way they work (for instance, by holding meetings remotely or finding alternatives to in-person school visits).
In addition to following this course, talk to your chair or clerk about how the pandemic is affecting your trust, and what this means for you.