The Multi-academy Trust Board
The Multi-Academy Trust Board (MAT Board) is the legal entity that runs the company that oversees the member Academies of the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance.
Its main functions are:
- To ensure that the company (and therefore all the Member Academies) complies with relevant charity and company law, and with the Funding Agreement with the Department for Education, for which the MAT Board is accountable to the DfE)
- To determine the vision of the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance, together with its overall strategy and planning, and to establish and promote the values and ethos of the GLA.
- To ensure that appropriate processes are in place for the appointment of Trustees and Governors of Local Governing Bodies
- To appoint the member Academy Principal/s in consultation with the Local Governing Body/ies
- To amend any changes to staff terms and conditions
- To take responsibility for the performance management and pay of the Chief Executive, Finance Director, Clerk and, with the Chairs of the Local Governing Bodies, Principals of the individual academies
- To evaluate the performance of the member Academies of the Trust in relation to academic performance, finances and other matters against key performance indicators, which are set in consultation with the Local Government Bodies
- To oversee the finances of the Trust and the individual academies, including deciding, after consultation with each academy, the extent of services provided centrally to the member Academies and the allocation of cost/s for these
- To establish processes for the local management & maintenance of the properties and assets of the member Academies, and to lead on bids to external bodies
- To decide on the policies for member Academies, by providing policy statements, with, in most cases, procedures to be determined by Local Governing Bodies
The Board also has the power to withdraw delegated powers from a Local Governing Body and, if necessary, disband it, and has made clear that it would only invoke such powers in the event of the member Academy being determined to be Special Measures or failing financially. If a new Academy should join the GLA while either of these circumstances prevail, the Local Governing Body would receive limited delegated powers in the first instance.
Each Member Academy has a Local Governing Body, which retains responsibilities for the implementation of the actions required to comply with legislation and the funding agreement. The LGB oversees each academy’s activities and curriculum within the agreed vision, strategy, values and ethos of the MAT, appoints all staff other than the Principal, appoints all Governors, and takes responsibility for the performance management and pay of all staff employed in the individual Academies other than those in 6. Above. The LGB also holds the leadership and staff of the individual academy to account for the academic performance, quality of teaching, care and support of pupils & wider educational provision. In relation to finance, the LGB ensures that finances are applied appropriately at academy level, and manages the Member academy’s cash flow, and oversees the maintenance of the property.
The Multi-Academy Trust Board has the power to withdraw delegated powers from a Local Governing Body and, if necessary, disband it, and has made clear that it would only invoke such powers in the event of the member Academy being determined to be Special Measures or failing financially. If a new Academy should join the GLA while either of these circumstances prevail, the Local Governing Body would receive limited delegated powers in the first instance.