The challenge of governance
All single- and multi-academy trusts face the challenge of ensuring high quality, effective governance. Even for those with very strong trustee boards, it is important that training is regularly carried out, both to keep up-to-date with legislation and also to reflect on one’s practice and approach to governance.
With a high degree of responsibility placed on those at trust board level, it is vital that trustees are well trained in accountability, financial oversight, procurement, conflicts of interest, protection from liability, establishing committees, conducting meetings and more.
Governance training is also fundamental for keeping all stakeholders engaged in academy governance. Some stakeholders, such as members, may see themselves as more removed from day-to-day governance, yet can benefit from refreshing their training and taking a new look at how the academy trust is being run.
Furthermore everyone involved in academy governance, to whatever degree, will require compliance training to help schools comply with aspects such as safeguarding, safe information handling and preventing radicalisation.
It’s only by ensuring that all those involved have a thorough understanding of good governance and compliance that single- and multi-academy trusts can assure the educational and financial performance of the academy trust.
With these challenges in mind, we have developed the Governance Library to complement our current CPD Library for staff. Both sets of courses can be accessed via nimbl, our mobile learning system, and used offline on mobile phones and tablets or online on the web.
The mobile Governance Library can save time and money on face-to-face sessions, giving busy professionals access to courses on their own mobile devices and ensuring learning opportunities and reference guides are always at hand. The Governance Library also incorporates remote progress monitoring, allowing academy trusts to give evidence of compliance.
The courses, written by experts, can benefit all those involved in the world of academy governance, including trustees, members, chairs, governors, heads, CEOs/Principals, parent governors, the executive team and both single and multi-academy trusts.
To find out more about the Governance Library and see a preview of the courses available, visit pearson.co.uk/governance.
“As a trustee of a multi-academy trust, I am acutely aware of the benefits of specific information, guidance and training for trustees as well as governors.”
– George Pearson, Director
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