What are the trust quality descriptions?
They are part of new guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) on commissioning high-quality trusts. The guidance explains how the Department judges the quality of academy trusts and uses this information to make commissioning decisions on creating new trusts, expanding trusts and matching schools to trusts.
It isn't an inspection framework and the DfE won't be using it to make judgements about your trust, other than to help make commissioning decisions.
The descriptions are divided into 5 pillars
They are listed in Annex A of the guidance. They are:
- High-quality and inclusive education
- School improvement
- Finance and operations
- Governance and leadership
This article focuses on the governance and leadership pillar and how to use the quality descriptions within it.
To find out more about the other 4 pillars, read our summary of the guidance.