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Academy trust governance

DfE has published an updated “menu” of the (huge) portfolio of “Guidance and Resources” publications that they produce in respect of the above.

Please see below for a few “highlights” items (drawn from the overall set of 25 categories) that I have placed in my “Must read first” sub-group

  • Statutory guidance and requirements
  • Safeguarding, SEND and pupil wellbeing
  • Governance duties, skills, behaviours and knowledge
  • Financial governance
  • External reviews of governance
  • Recruitment and professional development
  • Sex and relationship education
  • Converting to academy status
  • School behaviour
  • School and pupil performance and use of data
  • School complaints

Click here to access the full set of the academy trust governance publications available from DfE.

If you would like to review any aspect of academy trust governance (whether on a “broad brush” or a “gory detail” basis), do please contact me at or on 017514 499238 for a preliminary discussion about how that might be undertaken (or indeed, for a basic and more general chat about what I do).

The Naming of Cats

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo, or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey —
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter —
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkstrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum —
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover —
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

T S Eliot

Training For Governors

In the constantly evolving field of schools governance, it is clear that governors (particularly Chairs of Governing bodies) need to regularly keep abreast of
(i)     changes in legislation,
(ii)   developments in policy and
(iii)  evolving expectations of governance.

We also know that Ofsted now places ever-greater emphasis on general training for Governors (regarding such as part of CPD for governors).

Accordingly, I have developed a number of governance training modules – being both
(a) bespoke training (i.e. particularly for Chairs of Governors) and (b) more general periodic updates on governance topics for governors.

I am also happy to undertake one-to-one mentoring work with governors who have become Chairs of Governing bodies.

For more details on how my training modules might meet your needs (or indeed, for a basic and more general chat about what I do) please contact me by email on – or by telephone on 07514 499238.