Tyne and Wear
Unpaid, voluntary
14 Sep 2017
13 Oct 2017
Learning Matters (Houghton Kepier) Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

Learning Matters Trust (Houghton Kepier)

The Learning Matters Trust (LMT) is seeking to appoint a member to its board.  The Trust is entering an exciting phase, enabling other schools to join its Multi Academy Trust (MAT) and/or becoming a sponsor to support other schools in the near future. It is also about to commence a ‘whole school’ new build project.

Board meetings are held once per term at Houghton Kepier, Dairy Lane, Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH4 5BH.

About the trust

As a successful secondary school, in an area which is struggling on many different fronts, the trust is looking to other local academies and schools which are in need of support and may like to become a partner.

Though the initial focus of the trust is to work with secondary schools, there is also scope for the Trust to provide assistance within the primary sector as a prospective sponsor or partner.  This would enable a collaborative and cohesive approach to the local educational provision.

LMT has developed a systematic approach to teaching and learning that was recently praised by Ofsted. It intends to expand this model by replicating the quality assurance policies for teaching and learning practice in other schools. Establishing and applying the consistency of approach throughout the MAT would be the ultimate aim to ensure high quality teaching and learning, leading to high levels of performance.

The management team is seeking to share its leadership skills, experience of school improvement and strong teaching and learning focus, while the governance and senior leadership team have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience, allied to the capacity to take on the sponsorship of another secondary school.

Trust ethos & values

LMT seeks to fulfil its moral duty to work with and support schools particularly in its locality. This is based on respect, working in partnership and most fundamentally providing an outstanding education for the communities it serves.  

Plans for the Future

There are two main challenges facing LMT over the coming 12-24 months:

  1. Developing the MAT. There exists a strong team of governors, but this would be strengthened further with the addition of Members to help structure, lead and advise on the Trust’s development ahead of sponsoring and partnering other schools.
  2. Financial efficiencies. The Academy has been successful in raising standards across the school and these include significant rises in progress, attainment and attendance. The gradually tightening budgets now present challenges to become more efficient, with economies of scale achieved by disseminating improved standards of teaching and leadership across an expanded MAT.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  1

Role 1 – Member

To become part of the member board to help in shape its direction, with particular focus on the process of undertaking sponsorship. The competencies required for this role include:

Desirable (not all candidates will have all skills)

  • Media/PR
  • Legal
  • Change Management
  • Risk
  • Strategic
  • HR


  • CEO/General Management
  • Non-executive/Trustee

Person specification

The trust seeks people who can work collaboratively but not be afraid to challenge in order to help the trust reshape itself for the future direction and progress. A strong background in managing strategy, particularly at times of change, is essential for success in these roles. Similarly, being able to identify avenues to improve economy and efficiency whilst managing risk will enable greatest success in these non-executive director roles.

Time commitment

Trust Member Board meetings are once or twice a year (approx. two hours per meeting)

Trust Website

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 For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit

Key dates

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: Friday 13th October 2017

Interviews:    TBC

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