Strong, impactful governance
The Diverse Academies Trust is governed by a board of trustees, appointed by our members. As a charity and company limited by guarantee, the board ensures that all legal and statutory responsibilities are carried out, and sets the overall strategic direction for the Trust. At a local level, each academy has its own committee of governors who challenge the senior leadership team to realise the potential of our students.
Our trustees and governors are supported throughout their time with us, enabling them to have an impact as soon as possible in their role. Our comprehensive induction and ongoing development programme includes various events throughout the year, training courses from The National College and National Governance Association membership – ensuring everyone can access the latest information and insights. All trustees and governors carry out annual self-assessment, which includes an action plan for areas of development and improvement.
Governance is also underpinned by strong links between executives, senior leaders and strategic leads throughout the Trust. Each half term, our link governors and link trustees meet with strategic leads for key areas of work. This offers the opportunity to build knowledge and provide robust challenge in our Trust and academy committees. These roles ensure that appropriate time, questioning and understanding is given to exploring our culture and approach to, for example, safeguarding, SEND and pupil premium. We have also instigated a number of additional forums where trustees, chairs and vice chairs also meet, providing a platform for further discussion and engagement.