CHANGE Schools Partnership

East of England and North East London | Colchester
  • CFO/Financial
  • IT/Technology
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Property/Estate management
Deadline date: 16th July 2018

CHANGE Schools Partnership in Essex seeks three board members with experience in either law, IT, estate management or finance to support the trust as it seeks to grow over the next two years. Board meetings are held in Colchester.

About the trust

CHANGE Schools Partnership is a multi-academy trust (MAT) of four primary age range school based in Mid and North East Essex that has been in existence since 2013. The trust currently has around 1350 pupils in total and the schools range from a small village primary to a four-form entry junior school. The schools within CHANGE Schools Partnership serve mixed communities, some of which are in areas of deprivation. The trust has aspirations to grow further and are considering the inclusion of special schools and secondary schools.

Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Continuing to sustain a secure financial position in the light of reduced funding and increasing costs. This also means that the trust needs to continue to grow the MAT to find additional economies of scale. The support of high quality governance in this area is a real benefit.
  2. Teacher recruitment and retention - teacher recruitment across the whole sector is becoming increasingly challenging and the trust is working hard to 'grow our own'. With significantly less teachers training than the system as a whole requires, the trust seeks to develop a creative, blended recruitment strategy.
  3. Achieving high achievement outcomes for pupils in the light of challenge one and two. The challenge is also to ensure that children have access to the best curriculum particularly that which is technology enabled. The trust is currently developing a trust wide ICT strategy.

CHANGE Schools Partnership is developing a Central Services team to maximise efficiencies. It aspires to grow a MAT to around 15 schools based in two hubs and early discussions are in process with a variety of schools.

Trust Ethos & Values

CHANGE Partnership’s vision is to develop a sustainable, growing organisation that is based upon mutual partnership and shared values to ensure that all children within the Partnership get the best possible provision leading to the best possible educational and wider outcomes. For further details, please see the trust website

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:

3

Roles 1-3– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law. The competencies required for this role include:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • CFO/Finance OR
  • Legal/Compliance OR
  • Real Estate/Property OR
  • IT/Technology

Desirable

  • Branding/Marketing
  • CEO/General Management
  • Health and safety

Person Specification

The trust is keen to appoint non-executive directors with the ability to analyse and question data; contribute to strategic development and have a passion for the educational outcomes of children and young people is essential. A background/expertise in senior leadership and one or more of the following areas is desirable: legal, marketing, finance, health and safety or estate management.

Time Commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Holiday Inn, Abbotts Lane, Eight Ash Green, Colchester, CO6 3QL

Please see http://www.changesp.org/

Governance Structure

Please see http://www.changesp.org/node/24 

Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 29% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 760 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools.  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 do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme 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 [email protected] 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.

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: Monday 16 July