Non-Executive Director x 3, Member x 1
The Hospital and Outreach Education MAT
The Hospital and Outreach Education MAT in Northamptonshire is looking to recruit three non-executive directors and one Member. The trust supports young people with medical and mental health difficulties across Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. Board meetings are held at Delapre Learning Centre, Alton Street, Northampton, NN4 8EN.
About the trust
This is a newly formed trust of two educational establishments – Hospital and Outreach Education and Oxfordshire Hospital School. The trust serves pupils with medical and mental health difficulties who are unable to attend school full-time.
Hospital and Outreach Education is a medical pupil referral unit in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire Hospital School is a hospital school, a type of special school. The trust has been set up specifically to meet the needs of this cohort of pupils who are at significant risk of not meeting their potential due to the impact of their medical/mental health conditions.
The educational centres are spread across the counties; in hospital settings e.g. John Radcliffe Hospital; in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Units e.g. The Brambles for young people with eating disorders; in a hospice; in outreach centres and, for some pupils, in their homes, nearby schools or other appropriate environments. The education teams work in a multi-disciplinary manner with the health staff in the hospital settings and the education plans contribute towards the child’s recovery plans. When the pupils are well enough, they return to their home school or post 16 destination so there is a ‘revolving door’ type change in pupil cohorts throughout the academic year. The focus is on keeping education alive in the pupil’s life during their illness.
Hospital and Outreach Education is rated Outstanding by Ofsted and is establishing the trust to improve and develop the education of young people with medical needs. Working closely with the Regional Schools Commissioner at the Department of Education, the trust will be sponsoring the Oxfordshire Hopsital school with plans for another hospital school and two more Pupil Referral Units for pupils with medical needs to include Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire to join the MAT in due course.
Plans for the Future
The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:
- Establishing a trust across two different counties with differing local authorities procedures and plans for supporting pupils with identified high needs.
- Ensuring a healthy financial profile is maintained to secure continuity of provision, reflecting the legal requirements of the local authorities to provide an appropriate education for all young people with medical needs. There is no national funding formula for hospital education and predicting numbers of pupils who may need support, particularly given the rise in the incidence of young people’s mental ill health will continue to be a challenge for the trust.
- Recruiting governance at all levels with the right skills, knowledge, expertise and commitment to lead the trust forward, and hold the CEO to account.
Number of Positions Advertised:
Role 1 – Member
Members are responsible for appointing trustees to the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) board, acting as “ambassadors” for the MAT, high-level monitoring the overall effectiveness of the MAT, acting as a last line of resort in holding the Board to account and providing a sounding board for governance. The competencies required for this role include:
The trust is looking for a Member with financial management experience to undertake scrutiny of financial planning and budgeting. They would be interested in candidates who have experience of rebuilding a balanced budget from a deficit position, planning for sustainable growth and had experience in overseeing budgets of £3 million or more.
The members will meet formally once a year but time commitment will be likely to be 2 hours per month in the start-up phase of the trust.
Roles 2,3,4 – Trustee/Non-Executive Directors (inc. Chair of Finance Committee)
The role of a non-executive director is to provide strategic oversight, setting vision and policies, ensuring appropriate governance, decision-making, compliance with regulations setting appropriate targets, holding HEB and local leadership to account reviewing performance across academies and the MAT. The role of the Chair of the Finance Committee is to provide strategic oversight, setting vision and policies, dealing with contractual relationships oversight of standards, outcomes, finances and effective use of funds agreeing and monitoring budgets preparing and presenting accounts bidding for and securing grants. For these three NED roles, the trust is looking for individuals with the following competencies:
- Audit Committee Chair
- Succession Planning Branding/Marketing
- Change Management
- Growth Management
Average 6 hours per month (the trust is likely to hold 6 board meetings a year)
The Members will appoint the majority of the board of trustees who will delegate to their committees and governing bodies in accordance with the trust’s scheme of delegation.
Background on academy trusts
Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 68% of secondary schools and 22% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.
Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.
Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You don’t need to have any specialist knowledge of education.
Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.
Deadline for applications: Sunday 20th March 2017