Non-Executive Director x 2
Central Learning Partnership Trust is a successful trust of nine schools supporting nearly 3,500 pupils across Wolverhampton and Rotherham. The trust seeks two non-executive director roles with financial, business or legal skills as it enters into a period of growth. Board meetings are held at Heath Park School, Prestwood Road, Wolverhampton, WV11 1RD.
About the trust
Established in 2011, Central Learning Partnership Trust (CLPT) comprises of four primary schools, two secondary and three special schools (including a special nursery and special vocational free school offering provision for post 16 students). All schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted and the trust has demonstrated success in sponsoring underperforming schools and supporting them to improve. The majority of pupils across the nine schools are from areas of social disadvantage and the trust is committed to improving the life chances of pupils by developing self-worth, ambition and resilience.
An effective school improvement model has been developed by the trust, utilising and formalising school to school support. Several specialised hubs provide central resources, driving up standards for teaching and learning. Central services also enable schools to benefit from economies of scale as well as providing career and development opportunities for future leaders. The trust has ambitious plans for the next three years as they plan to grow to 15 or 20 schools. It already has a primary school and a secondary school in the pipeline to join the trust.
Trust ethos & values
An inclusive approach supports those in need and the trust’s main priority is to raise achievement of all young people. Academies are expected to add value to ensure maximum numbers of learners can improve their life chances for the future. Full details can be found here: http://centrallearning.co.uk/about-us/
The model adopted by CLPT is purposely hierarchical, structured and formal in order to guarantee collaborative working, shared aims and objectives. At the same time, central to CLPT’s strategy is recognition of the uniqueness of partner schools and therefore their individual identities are fiercely protected. Diversity is viewed as a major strength of the partnership and there is no desire to adopt a cloning approach to school improvement.
Plans for the Future
Successful growth and change management will be critical as the trust plans to grow to 15 – 20 schools over the next 3 years. The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:
1. Senior Leadership Team (SLT) succession planning and structure
2. Funding of SEN placed pupils and effects of the new formula funding
3. Managing change and diversity of having primary, special and secondary schools in a rapidly changing environment
Number of Positions Advertised: 2
Roles 1 & 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director
Non-executive directors will monitor the trust’s financial position, set strategic direction and monitor school performance by providing independent challenge to the executives. In addition, they are expected to help establish policies and ensure that systems are in place which comply with statutory requirements.
The competencies required for this role include:
- Non-executive director
- CFO/ Finance
- Legal/ Compliance
- Growth management
Successful individuals will be motivated by a desire to create positive change for young people. They will be educated to a high level in a professional area of expertise or will have considerable experience in leadership and management. Professional experience in accountancy, finance or business would be an advantage as well as an understanding of legal duties and liabilities and good independent judgement.
6 hours per month (minimum).
Please see http://centrallearning.co.uk/about-us/trust-board-and-governance/ for more information
Background on academy trusts
Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 70% of secondary schools and 25% 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.
“Academy boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.” Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2017)
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. Please note candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.
We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process –
Deadline for applications: Monday 2nd October 2017