DfE consultation on Pupil Exclusions guidance

DfE have opened a consultation in respect of revising the guidance for schools on suspensions and permanent exclusions.

You can access the consultation here

The consultation period on this important topic closes on 31st March 2022.

If you would like to discuss Pupil Exclusions more broadly (or indeed, just have a basic and more general chat about what I do) please contact me at jack@jackminto.com or on 017514 499238 for a preliminary discussion.

External reviews of governance: guide for schools and academy trusts

DfE has updated it’s guidance on how to arrange an effective external review of governance for a school or academy trust…so as to improve the performance of the governing body.

To access this material click here.

If you would like to discuss external reviews of governance more broadly (or indeed, just have a basic and more general chat about what I do) please contact me at jack@jackminto.com or on 017514 499238 for a preliminary discussion.

Academy trust “Alliances” as a defence against forced participation in a MAT

Now this is interesting……five single-academy trusts have launched an “Alliance” to ward off the erosion of each school’s “individuality” as DfE continues its push towards MATs.

To read the full article about this in Schools Week, click here.

If you would like to review either (i) how your academy school might develop an “Alliance” with other single-academy trusts or (ii) how to ensure that your academy school might avoid being pushed into a MAT, (or indeed, for a basic and more general chat about what I do) please contact me at jack@jackminto.com or on 017514 499238 for a preliminary discussion.

How do you solve a problem like Academies?

Schools Week have published an extremely interesting piece on the above issue – examining the difficult choices ministers face as they seek to continue to move more schools into Academy Trusts.

You can read the full article here.

Commentators estimate that it will take ten more years to complete the “Academisation” reforms.

If you would like to discuss how to your school might optimally evaluate it’s “Academisation” options (or indeed, just have a basic and more general chat about what I do) please contact me at jack@jackminto.com or on 017514 499238 for a preliminary discussion.

Statutory policies for schools and academy trusts

DfE have recently updated their guidance on the policies and documents that governing bodies and proprietors of schools must have.

To access this guidance click here.

If you would like to review how to ensure that your academy school or trust is properly meeting DfE requirements on Statutory Policies (or indeed, for a basic and more general chat about what I do) please contact me at jack@jackminto.com or on 017514 499238 for a preliminary discussion.

Welcome to a Multi-academy trust

NGA have updated their induction guide for new MAT trustees.

This is an excellent entry-level read if you are new to governing a multi academy trust board (MAT). It is also invaluable for those who want to refresh their knowledge and understanding of good governance practice.

Click here to access the publication.

If you would like to review any aspect of Multi-academy trust governance (generally or as it might impact your school or trust) do please contact me at jack@jackminto.com or on 017514 499238 for a preliminary discussion.

Celebrating the role of the Clerk

NGA, as part of their Visible Governance in Schools campaign, recently undertook an in-depth exploration of the role of the Clerk in governance


Click here for a summary (by Steve Edmonds of NGA) of how the topic was addressed.


You might also be interested in a Guest Blog published by NGA entitled “The invaluable role played by a good Clerk”. This records the practical experiences of one Chair of an Academy Trust in a successful Chair/Clerk collaboration.

Click here to read this in full.


If you are a Chair of Governors and would like to review any aspect of how your trust might best interact with the Clerk, do please contact me at jack@jackminto.com or on 017514 499238 for a preliminary discussion (or indeed, for a basic and more general chat about what I do) .