Good corporate governance is the system of rules, practices and processes by which a multi academy trust is directed and controlled in a consistent and transparent manner.
Governance within The Tapscott Learning Trust comprises these three core functions - ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Tapscott Learning Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charitable trust. Responsibility for the schools that make up The Tapscott Learning Trust, and for the funds that are used for providing education services in those schools, are granted by Parliaments as a result of a Funding Agreement, and is entrusted to the Board of Trustees.
Governance in the The Tapscott Learning Trust is delivered across agreed and robust tiers, and is designed to minimise duplication of functions and to provide timely and transparent oversight of the workings of the Trust.
The Trust adheres to the principles set out by the Nolan Report, which includes implementing rigorous controls of finance, which will best support our ability to provide an outstanding education for our pupils.
Members oversee the work of the Board of Trustees and how well the Trust is delivering and adhering to the agreed vision and values of the organisation. Meeting annually, Members have the power to dissolve the Trust Board, should they believe the direction of the Trust is no longer aligned to the guiding principles that founded it. The Tapscott Learning Trust has five members.
The Board of Trustees: Currently, The Tapscott Learning Trust is currently made up of five Trustees from a variety of professional backgrounds and with a range of experience. The Board has the responsibility of overseeing the work of the Trust and provides the strategic direction for the Trust and its schools. Formed in line with the requirements set out in the Articles of Association, the Board of Trustees delegate work through the defined sub-committees of the Board and hold these groups to account for ensuring the quality of provision across all the settings is consistent and the very best it can be.
Sub-committees of the Board: The work of the Board is carried out via dedicated sub-committees focusing on Audit and Risk, Operations and Resources, Safeguarding and Standards and School Improvement. These four sub-committees are made up of Trustees, experts from industry in relevant fields, consultants and advisers, and parents drawn from the parental advisory bodies.
Local Advisory Boards: Local governance at each school in the Trust is delivered through a dedicated Local Advisory Board. These Local Boards have a tightly defined remit to oversee standards and safeguarding at each school and provide a critical oversight of how each school is performing. They have a line of communication with the Board through the sub-committees.
Pupil Parliament: The Tapscott Learning Trust believes that pupil voice is imperative to its aims and visions. A Pupil Parliament will be made up of members of the School Council at each school and will have a line of communication with the Board through the Chief Executive Officer.
Our first meetings will take place in the new academic year.