Roles of the Trust

Roles of the Trust

The South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT) has a Trust Board of Directors who have a broad range of expertise in education, business and the legal sector, with many also having chosen one of our academies for their child’s education.  They also have a strong understanding of the importance of the work we do.

The Board of Trustees primary role is to hold the senior management of the SLAT accountable for the services they provide, including the Executive Headteacher, the Business Finance Officer and the Deputy Headteachers. They offer the Senior Team appropriate support and challenge to ensure each of the academies continues to improve and to ensure the central services of the SLAT are delivered to a high standard.

Our Trust Board of Directors is currently composed of up to 11 Trustees and Trustees can be

  • Appointed by our members as a result of their experience within finance, business, HR, education and school improvement
  • 1 Trustee appointed from each of the partner academies, the Chair of the Local Advisory Board (LAB)
  • Co-opted Trustees as appointed for their relevant skills such as Project Management, Marketing and PR, Health and Safety, Procurement, strategy. 

The Trust Board of Directors meets up to six  times per year and focuses on matters concerning overall academic standards across the SLAT academies, capital projects and updates from the resources committee regarding staffing and finance.  

The Audit and Finance Committee, is a sub-group of Trustees with particular expertise in finance and legal areas. This committee meets separately three times per year and has the remit to agree matters regarding finance, GDPR, website compliance and site issues (see Terms of Reference of the Resources Committee). This committee scrutinises the detail of the academies accounts, the implementation of budgets and audits the works of the Trust Board of Directors team.

The composition of the Local Advisory Board (LAB) can be varied to best suit the needs of the individual academy, for example to reflect its religious ethos or specific stakeholder groups.

A typical community academy’s LAB will have the following members (maximum 11):

  • The Executive Headteacher
  • Two Deputy Headteachers  
  • 2 parents
  • 2 staff member
  • Up to a further six members as appointed by the Trust Board of Directors

It is responsible for:

  • Setting the aims and objectives of the Academy
  • Provides challenge and support for the leadership team of the academy to ensure standards are high and the ethos and vision of the school is implemented successfully
  • Determination of the educational vision of the Academy in consultation with the Directors, including, but without limitation, determination of the Academy’s school development plan (SDP)
  • Determination and implementation of the admissions policy in consultation with the Board of Trustees for the Academy in accordance with admissions law and Department for Education codes of practice

The South Linconshire Academies Trust Model

The South Lincolnshire Academies Trust leadership model can be seen here.

The Trust’s Executive Headteacher

The Executive Headteacher is also the Headteacher of Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy and is responsible for the day-to-day management of these academies, working with the Deputy Headteachers for the Trust.

In respect of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT), the Executive Headteacher works closely with the Business Finance Director and the Operations Manager to ensure the Trust-based services and any capital projects are of a high standard and meet the needs of our academies. The role includes having strategic oversight of each academy, working with the Deputy Headteachers to develop robust improvement plans and quality assurance processes.

The Executive Headteacher reports directly to the Board of Trustees ensuring that the Board is well-informed regarding the performance of the SLAT, its academies and the services it provides. The Executive Headteacher’s performance management is carried out by the remuneration committee, which is a sub-committee of the Trust, usually consisting of the Chair and two other Trustees alongside an external education advisor.

The Trust’s Business Finance Director

The South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT) Business Finance Director is responsible for ensuring that the finances of the SLAT are well managed, making sure that we have the resources to support our academies. The Business Finance Director has extensive experience of managing budgets strategically that has ensured that each of the academies in our care maintain strong reserves and surpluses to invest in capital projects.

The Business Finance Director takes responsibility for managing the Operations Manager in scoping, arranging quotes, liaising with contractors and managing our capital projects to completion. Working with the managers of all our central services, the Business Finance Director is also responsible for ensuring that our academies have the resources and facilities to deliver a high quality education.

The Trust’s Executive Deputy Headteachers

The title Executive Deputy Headteacher at the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT) encompasses the senior leaders who are responsible, along with the Executive Headteacher for the day-to-day management our academies.

The SLAT Executive Deputy Headteachers have responsibility for all education matters involved in the running of an academy on a day-to-day basis. They will also manage the teachers and support staff in their schools. They will contribute to and present the school’s draft development plan for the Local Advisory Board (LAB) to approve. In addition, in consultation with the Executive Headteacher, they will have additional roles which provide opportunities across the academies, based on their expertise and professional development needs.

The current SLAT Executive Deputy Headteachers are responsible for:

  1. Curriculum / Timetable / Data
  2. Teaching & Learning
  3. Pastoral: Behaviour & Safeguarding
  4. SENCO
  5. Staff CPD & Appraisal / Student Voice / Vocational Qualifications

This team also have responsibility for:

  • All groups of students, including Most Able / Disadvantaged / EAL
  • Careers Developments, including IAG and meeting the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmark

The Executive Deputy Headteachers are line managed by the Trust’s Executive Headteacher and work closely with the Trust Middle Leaders in order to ensure that the academies are well resourced and led. Their performance management will be carried out by the Executive Headteacher and the chair of the remuneration committee.

The Executive Deputy Headteachers bring a specialist skill set enabling them to be deployed in a range of capacities to support academies. Each Deputy Headteacher works across all the academies, providing support to the Executive Headteacher, but they can also be deployed on a short or medium term for an extended period in each of the academies to oversee a particular project or purpose to support the wider Trust.

In the past this has included:

  • Deputising for the Executive Headteacher when out of school;
  • Being responsible on agreed days for the leadership of one of the academy organisations, supported by our Executive Principal in order to provide effective leadership capacity;
  • Providing HR support through long-term sickness management, capability procedures and management restructures.

The Trust leadership structure can provide an expandable model, to provide existing and future senior leaders with a wide range of experiences that benefit their own professional development whilst contributing to the wider success and growth of the Federation.

The Trust’s Assistant Headteachers (AHT’s) & Directors

The roles of Trust’s AHT’s and Directors will support meeting the requirements of the school development plan in each academy. These roles replace the more traditional leadership model and this structure will allow for the Trust to expand, creating appropriate CPD opportunities for staff and enabling school improvement at a faster pace

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