Following the Government’s recommendation for all schools to review its governance procedures and move to a skills-based structure, ALAT has developed an innovative model of governance to ensure each academy is accountable for its decisions and that the best outcomes are available for students.
The Trust’s governance framework consists of the Trust Board, its various sub-committees, regional Accountability, Review and Challenge (ARC) groups and school-led Drive teams, to establish a professional and fit for purpose structure with a clear remit.
Trust Governance Structure
he main purpose of the governance structure is to drive school improvement and improve the outcomes for the children and young people within our academy. Representatives with high quality skill sets and experience will sit on the appropriate groups within the structure and reporting will be clear and rigorous.
Drive teams provide local governance for each academy within each region and act as a vehicle for driving school improvement at academy level through the direction of the academy Rapid Improvement Group. The Drive teams hold the Principal to account and reports to the ARC group.
The Rapid Improvement Group (RIG) has a management function of ensuring school improvement takes place with pace and focus. It identifies the priority areas for the Drive team to focus on.
The Accountability Review and Challenge (ARC) group provides quality assurance, support and holds the Regional Executive Principal to account. This group operate regionally and reports to the Trust Board.
How do the groups report?
The groups operate and report as shown in the diagram below.
Benefits of the new structure
- Advisors with the appropriate skill sets, experience and training will sit on groups within the structure and reporting will be clear and rigorous.
- A clear reporting structure is in place which ensures transparency, clear identification of actions, responsibilities, outcomes, and impact.
- Actions, outcomes, and impact are directly targeted at supporting specific areas of identified school improvement
- Outcome and impact are rigorously monitored, regularly revisited, and challenged at academy (Drive Team), regional (ARC group) and Board level to ensure successful outcomes are achieved.
- The structure not only supports a process but is designed to show clear lines of accountability and ownership of school improvement by all involved.
- The structure meets the Government’s expectations in terms of ensuring open, independent review and rigorous challenge as delegated to the ARC group.
Drive Teams have been established to drive forward school improvement within the Trust’s academies by holding the academy Principal to account. The group will consist of parent, community, staff advisors and in some cases pupils.
Parent and community advisors within this group will spend time in schools looking at some aspects of the school which have been identified through the RIG as requiring intervention and improvement. The group therefore takes its lead from the RIG. The parent and community advisors will report back to ARC group, using a set reporting template.
It is not the remit of the parent and community advisors to report on the quality of teaching within the school.
The Drive team meets termly and parent advisors are able to engage with pupils through school visits or via the school council.
Parent and community advisors visits are an excellent way of looking independently at a school.
Further information regarding the remit of the Drive Team please see Drive Team Terms of Reference.
Apply to join a Drive Team
Being a member of the Drive Team provides an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the Academy at this exciting stage of the Trust’s development. The group convenes termly or as a when required.
If you would like to become a member of the Drive Team, please follow the link below for further information and guidance.
Regional Accountability, Review and Challenge (ARC) Groups have been established across each region within our academy network and contain an independent chair, Regional Executive Principals, Principals, the Directors of Primary Education and the Director of Secondary Education.
This group monitors the performance of the academies within the region and supports and challenges Regional Executive Principal to drive rapid improvement and share best practice. The group reports to the Trust Board.
The ARC Groups are split into three regions:
- Region 1 – Cornwall
- Region 2 – Suffolk and Essex
- Region 3 – North
ARC Group Members
ARC group members consist of the following for each region:
- An Independent Chair
- The Academy Principal
- The Regional Executive Principal
- The Director of Primary Education (leading on Safeguarding)
- The Director of Secondary Education.
Full details of ARC members including their business and pecuniary interests are available on each academy website.
ARC Group Meeting Dates
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 3|
|Tuesday 8th November 2016||Wednesday 9th November 2016||Thursday 10th November 2016|
|Tuesday 10th January 2017||Wednesday 11th January 2017||Thursday 12th January 2017|
|Tuesday 28th February 2017||Wednesday 1st March 2017||Thursday 2nd March 2017|
|Tuesday 25th April 2017||Wednesday 26th April 2017||Thursday 27th April 2017|
|Tuesday 13th June 2017||Wednesday 14th June 2017||Thursday 15th June 2017|
|Monday 10th July 2017||Tuesday 11th July 2017||Wednesday 12th July 2017|
ARC Group Meeting Minutes
ARC Group meeting minutes are available on each academy website.
Further information regarding the remit of the ARC group please see ARC Group Terms of Reference.