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What is a Multi-Academy Trust?

Chorus Education Trust in a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), which is a charity and company limited by guarantee. A MAT is a single entity established to undertake a strategic collaboration to improve and maintain high educational standards across a number of schools. A group of schools form a single MAT which has overarching responsibility for their governance. The MAT is accountable for the performance of each school in the group, although each can still have their own governing body which operates subject to delegation of power from the MAT.

 

Members

The Members determine the ethos and purpose of the Trust (i.e. the provision of education) and the way it will be governed (which is in the Articles of Association) and will have a right (not an obligation) to participate in governance by appointing and removing Trustees. They also have a right to receive the Trustees’ annual report and accounts and to attend general meetings of the Trust.

You can see a full list of our Members here.

 

Trustees

The Trustees of the Academy Trust are those people responsible for the carrying out of the business of the Trust, i.e. the running of the academies, though management responsibility will be delegated further still to a management board or leadership group made up of executive officers (such as the Executive Headteacher) and the headteachers of the academies. The Trustees are also  the Directors of the Trust, given the Trust is a company, and will be under a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the Trust. 

Chair of Board of Trustees: John Jex

You can see a full list of our Trustees here.

 

Trustee Committees

The Trustees manage their work through the following committees:

Resources Committee  

Chair: Tony Saunders

 

Terms of reference

Authority

The Resources Committee is a committee of the Board of Trustees and is authorised to make recommendations on items within its Terms of Reference or specifically delegated to it by its Board of Directors.

It is authorised to request any information it requires from any employee, external auditor or internal auditor.

The Resources Committee is authorised to request any outside legal or independent professional advice it considers necessary, normally in consultation with the Accounting Officer. However, the Resources Committee may not incur expenditure without approval of the Board of Trustees.

Role

The role of the Resources Committee is to maintain an oversight of the Trust's governance, risk management, internal control, value for money framework and to maintain an oversight of the Trust's approach to remuneration and pay progression.  This committee undertakes the Audit Committee function.

The Committee will meet 6 times per year and shall report to the Board of Trustees on a termly basis, or more frequently if required, and make whatever recommendations to them that it deems appropriate within the context of its terms of reference.

The Resources Committee has no executive powers or operational responsibilities.

Duties

The Resources Committee has duties in the following areas:

  • To monitor the impact of Objective 4 of the Chorus Improvement Plan.
  • To ensure good financial management and effective Internal Controls.
  • Ensure compliance with the Master Funding agreement and the ESFA Academy Trust Handbook.
  • To approve the 3 year budget forecast annually.
  • To receive reports on the financial performance and financial risks to Chorus Education Trust and advise the Board of Trustees accordingly.
  • Advise the Board of Trustees and Accounting Officer on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Trust's governance, risk management, internal control and value for money systems. 
  • Advise the Board of Trustees on the appointment, reappointment and dismissal and remuneration of the external and regularity auditors.
  • Advise the Board of Trustees on the need for and then the appointment, re-appointment, dismissal and remuneration of the internal auditors.
  • Advise the Board of Trustees on the programme of work to be delivered by both the external and internal auditors.  The programme of work should be derived from having regard to the key risks faced by Chorus Education Trust.
  • Receive reports from the External Auditor and Internal Auditor and consider the issues raised, the management responses and action plans.
  • Regularly monitor outstanding audit recommendations and ensure any agreed delays to implementation dates are reasonable.
  • Review the fraud policy and ensure that all allegations of fraud or irregularity are managed and investigated appropriately.
  • Ensure appropriate cooperation and coordination of the work of the External and Internal Auditor.
  • To advise the Trust Board on the remuneration and conditions of service of the Heads of School.
  • To advise the Trust Board on the remuneration and conditions of service of the Executive Leadership team, including those of the Chief Executive Officer.
  • To advise the Trust Board on the remuneration and conditions of Central Team staff.
  • To appoint from its members a designated Health and Safety representative.
  • To receive Trust wide facilities, ICT, Health and Safety and Estates reports and monitor the impact on education and learning.
  • To receive Trust wide staffing updates and monitor the impact on education and learning.
  • To oversee the staff appointment processes for the Heads of School and Deputy Headteachers.

In determining recommendations to the Trust's Board on the remuneration and conditions of service of designated senior post holders, the Committee will consider both national benchmarking information on pay and conditions for institutions of a similar size or approach and information on similar positions within the region.

Subject to express delegated authority from the Trust Board, the Committee may determine salary progression for designated senior post holders utilising a salary progression methodology approved by the Trust Board and may authorise the implementation of any such determination.  Such action will be reported to the Trust Board at its next meeting.

Administration
  • The Committee will meet at least twice per term. 
  • The Resources Committee will consist of a minimum of three Trustees.  The Chair of the Board of Trustees cannot be a member of the Resources Committee.
  • The quorum for the Resources Committee meeting is two. 
  • The Chair and Vice Chair will be elected by the whole Board of Trustees from Chorus Education Trust Trustees and will serve for one year.  No Chair or Vice Chair may serve for more than two consecutive years without the approval of the Board of Trustees.
  • The Accounting Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director and other members of the Trust's staff may be invited to attend, but will have no voting rights.
  • Clerking services will be provided by the Executive Assistant.
  • Draft agendas will be agreed in advance by the Chair and submitted with any supporting papers and the minutes of previous meetings to Chorus Trust services one week prior to the meeting.
  • Agendas and all relevant papers should be circulated to each member at least five working days prior to the date of the meeting.
  • Minutes of meetings shall be circulated promptly to all members of the Committee for information and reviewed and signed at the next Resources Committee meeting.
  • The Resources Committee will review these terms of reference on an annual basis and self - assess its performance against these terms of reference. Any training and development requirements should be reported to the Chorus Education Trust Board.

School Improvement Committee 

Chair:  David Owen

 

Terms of reference

Authority

The School Improvement Committee is a committee of the Board of Trustees and is authorised to make recommendations on items within its Terms of Reference or specifically delegated to it by its Board of Directors.

It is authorised to request any information it requires from any employee, external auditor or internal auditor.

The School Improvement Committee is authorised to request any outside legal or independent professional advice it considers necessary, normally in consultation with the Accounting Officer. However, the School Improvement Committee may not incur expenditure without approval of the Board of Trustees.

Role

The role of the School Improvement Committee is to scrutinise and maintain oversight of the Trust Schools’ performance indicators in relation to outcomes, attendance, behaviour, inclusion and safeguarding. The Committee shall report to the Board of Trustees on a termly basis and make whatever recommendations to them that it deems appropriate within the context of its terms of reference. The School Improvement Committee has no executive powers or operational responsibilities.

Duties

The School Improvement Committee has duties in the following areas: 

  • To monitor the impact of Objective 1 of the Chorus Improvement Plan
  • To ensure that the Intent of the curriculum is ambitious, explicit and informs planning.
  • To monitor the quality of teaching to ensure that the implementation of the curriculum has impact.
  • To monitor educational results and achievement against agreed KPI targets, including agreeing planned strategies to raise standards for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and SEND students and monitoring progress and impact.
  • To ensure that children and young people are prepared effectively for the next stages of their learning journeys.
  • To monitor implementation of any post OFSTED action plans.
Administration
  • The School Improvement Committee will meet at least once per term.
  • The School Improvement Committee will consist of at least three members.  The quorum for School Improvement Committee meeting is two. 
  • CET staff may attend School Improvement Committee meetings but will not have voting rights.
  • The Chair and Vice Chair will be elected by the whole Board of Trustees from Chorus Education Trust Trustees and will serve for one year.  No Chair or Vice Chair may serve for more than two consecutive years without the approval of the Board of Trustees.
  • Draft agendas will be agreed in advance by the Chair and submitted with any supporting papers and the minutes of previous meetings to Chorus Trust services one week prior to the meeting.
  • Agendas and all relevant papers should be circulated to each member at least five working days prior to the date of the meeting.
  • Clerking services will be provided by the Executive Assistant.
  • Minutes of meetings shall be circulated promptly to all members of the Committee for information and reviewed and signed at the next School Improvement Committee meeting.
  • The School Improvement Committee will review these terms of reference on an annual basis and self - assess its performance against these terms of reference.  Any training and development requirements should be reported to the Chorus Education Trust CPD Board.

Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee  

Chair: Jen Carlring Wright

 

Terms of reference

Authority

The Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee is a committee of the Board of Trustees and is authorised to make recommendations on items within its Terms of Reference or specifically delegated to it by its Board of Directors.

It is authorised to request any information it requires from any employee, external auditor or internal auditor.

The Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee is authorised to request any outside legal or independent professional advice it considers necessary, normally in consultation with the Accounting Officer. However, the Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee may not incur expenditure without approval of the Board of Trustees.

Role

The role of the Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee is to scrutinise and maintain oversight of the Trust Schools’ performance indicators in relation inclusion, behaviour, attitudes to learning, attendance and safeguarding.

The Committee shall report to the Board of Trustees on a termly basis and make whatever recommendations to them that it deems appropriate within the context of its terms of reference. The Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee has no executive powers or operational responsibilities.

Duties

The Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee has duties in the following areas:

  • To monitor the impact of Objective 2 of the Chorus Improvement Plan
  • The Chair of the Committee is the designated Child Protection and Safeguarding representative
  • To approve the Trust’s Child Protection and Safeguarding policies and monitor implementation.
  • To ensure that the schools are safe and secure environments by overseeing the development and implementation of Trust policies on anti-bullying, discrimination, pupil behaviour and drug misuse.
  • To ensure that the Schools are compliant with safeguarding regulations.
  • To monitor and scrutinise the numbers of fixed term and permanent exclusions.
  • To scrutinise performance indicators relevant to the welfare, support and management of young people in the schools e.g attendance, fixed term and permanent exclusions.
  • To monitor implementation of any post OFSTED action plans.
Administration
  • The Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee will meet at least once per term.
  • The Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee will consist of at least three members.  The quorum for the Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee meeting is two. 
  • CET staff may attend Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee meetings but will not have voting rights.
  • The Chair and Vice Chair will be elected by the whole Board of Trustees from Chorus Education Trust Trustees and will serve for one year.  No Chair or Vice Chair may serve for more than two consecutive years without the approval of the Board of Trustees.
  • Draft agendas will be agreed in advance by the Chair and submitted with any supporting papers and the minutes of previous meetings to Chorus Trust services one week prior to the meeting.
  • Agendas and all relevant papers should be circulated to each member at least five working days prior to the date of the meeting.
  • Clerking services will be provided by the Executive Assistant.
  • Minutes of meetings shall be circulated promptly to all members of the Committee for information and reviewed and signed at the next School Improvement Committee meeting.
  • The Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee will review these terms of reference on an annual basis and self - assess its performance against these terms of reference.  Any training and development requirements should be reported to the Chorus Education Trust Board.

     

South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee  

Chair: Chris Fox

 

Terms of Reference of the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee

Authority

The South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee is a committee of the Board of Trustees and is authorised to make recommendations on items within its Terms of Reference or specifically delegated to it by its Board of Directors.

It is authorised to request any information it requires from any employee, external auditor or internal auditor.

The South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee is authorised to request any outside legal or independent professional advice it considers necessary, normally in consultation with the Accounting Officer. However, the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee may not incur expenditure without approval of the Board of Trustees.

Role

The South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee is to maintain an oversight into the work of the SYT Hub in developing the expertise of teachers and leaders in Sheffield and Rotherham. This includes Initial Teacher Training, Early Careers Teaching, National Professional Qualifications and Continuing Professional Development.

The Committee shall report to the Board of Trustees on a termly basis and make whatever recommendations to them that it deems appropriate within the context of its terms of reference. The South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee has no executive powers or operational responsibilities.

Duties

The South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee has duties in the following areas:

  • To monitor the impact of Objective 5 of the Chorus Improvement Plan.
  • To ensure that Key Performance Indicators around the recruitment and retention of ITT students, Early Career Teachers and National Professional Qualifications are met.
  • To monitor high quality provision in all the key functions of SYT Hub.
  • To ensure that there is compliance with the provisions of the funding agreements.
  • Approval of the SYT Hub annual and three year budget.
  • To monitor implementation of any post OFSTED action plans.
Administration
  • The South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee will meet at least once per term.
  • The South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee will consist of at least three members.  The quorum for South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee meeting is two. 
  • CET staff may attend South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee meetings but will not have voting rights.
  • The Chair and Vice Chair will be elected by the whole Board of Trustees from Chorus Education Trust Trustees and will serve for one year.  No Chair or Vice Chair may serve for more than two consecutive years without the approval of the Board of Trustees.
  • Draft agendas will be agreed in advance by the Chair and submitted with any supporting papers and the minutes of previous meetings to Chorus Trust services one week prior to the meeting.
  • Agendas and all relevant papers should be circulated to each member at least five working days prior to the date of the meeting.
  • Clerking services will be provided by the Executive Assistant.
  • Minutes of meetings shall be circulated promptly to all members of the Committee for information and reviewed and signed at the next South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee meeting.
  • The South Yorkshire Teaching Hub Committee will review these terms of reference on an annual basis and self - assess its performance against these terms of reference.  Any training and development requirements should be reported to the Chorus Education Trust Board.  

Local Governing Bodies

Each school within the Trust has its own Local Governing Body. Their powers depend on the Scheme of Delegation agreed with the Trust, which details the decision making powers they have. You can view the details of our Scheme of Delegation here.

In Chorus Trust we believe in 'earned autonomy'. So if a school is doing well, why would we want to change it? Therefore, schools that are Ofsted-rated as 'Good' or 'Outstanding' will have a wide range of powers. Other schools will have more limited powers but would agree an action plan with the Trust to help them achieve a higher rating and an increased range of powers in the future.

You can see a full list of our schools and their Local Governing Bodies here.

You can read more about the terms of reference for our Local Governing Bodies here.


Current Local Governing Body Vacancies:

Community Governors, Malin Bridge Primary School

Malin Bridge Primary School is seeking to recruit three community governors.

Malin Bridge is a primary school and nursery, welcoming 615 children of ages 2-11 through its doors every morning. Ofsted judged it to be an outstanding school in its most recent Ofsted inspection in October 2017.

Everyone at Malin Bridge works collaboratively to ensure that all children are given every opportunity to enjoy learning and to thrive in a happy, stimulating, vibrant community. The school's values of celebrating diversity, enquiring about the world and being aspirational underpin everything within the curriculum and beyond.

Might you be the person we are looking for to add value to our school and improve the chances and outcomes for our children?