The responsibilities of the trust board

Save time with our summary of your trust board's responsibilities.

Last reviewed on 31 July 2023
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  1. The purpose of your board
  2. Key tasks and responsibilities
  3. Admissions
  4. Behaviour, suspensions and exclusions
  5. Curriculum
  6. Finance
  7. Governance
  8. Parents and the community
  9. Health and safety
  10. Pupil wellbeing
  11. Safeguarding
  12. Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  13. Staffing

The purpose of your board

The Academy Trust Handbook 2023 explains in paragraph 1.10 that the trust board provides:

  • Strategic leadership of the academy trust: the board defines the trust vision for high-quality and inclusive education in line with its charitable objects
    • It establishes and fosters the trust’s culture and sets and champions the trust strategy including determining what, if any, governance functions are delegated to the local tier
  • Accountability and assurance: the board has robust effective oversight of the operations and performance of the academy trust, including:
    • The provision of education
    • Pupil welfare
    • Overseeing and ensuring appropriate use of funding
    • Effective financial performance
    • Keeping their estate safe and well maintained
  • Engagement: the board has strategic oversight of relationships with stakeholders
    • The board involves parents/carers, schools and communities so that decision-making is supported by meaningful engagement

You should also consider the governance and leadership trust quality descriptions produced by the

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