Trust Governance Structure
The Prospere Learning Trust has a detailed Scheme of Delegation which provides clarity on the structure by which the different elements of governance work together for the benefit of the whole Trust. Prospere Learning Trust is pioneering this approach to Local Hub governance of a larger MAT. The current governance structure is detailed below.
Principles for the Prospere Learning Trust (PLT) Scheme of delegation
1. The PLT Scheme of Delegation sets out the fundamental principles of the organisation and lays down the rules for its governance. The Scheme of Delegation consists of the principles set out here, the Academy Trust Articles of Association and the detail set out in the Roles and Functions Matrix and Terms of Reference.
2. The governance principles of PLT recognise the importance of developing relationships with common purpose and they are about developing processes and structures.
3. We will continue to develop our governance arrangements to shape and take account of best practice in the sector. The ’21 questions that every Multi-academy Trust should ask itself’ (January 2015; see Annex 1), set out by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Education Governance and Leadership, provide a foundation by which we will assess the effectiveness of our governance.
4. Financial governance must, as a foundation, be compliant with the principles and regulations set out in the Academies Financial Handbook. PLT aims to go beyond this foundation to provide excellence in its governance.
5. Governance is underpinned by a common understanding about who is responsible for providing valuable input to decision making and who has the decision-making responsibility.
6. Effective governance in our Academy Trust is supported by the following:
- Trust Members – the guardians of the constitution
- Trust Board – the Directors / Trustees
- Trust sub-committees
- Local Hub Governing Body (LHGB)s and their sub-committees – including the Lead Governors
- Local Governing Bodies – the Local Governors
- The Executive Team - the Chief Executive Officer (the CEO), Finance Director (together the Executive Leaders) and their respective teams.
7. The Trust Board has overall responsibility and ultimate decision-making authority for all the work of the Academy Trust, including the establishment and maintenance of the Academies.
8. Local Hub Governing Body (LHGB)s have three key functions:
- Provide Local Hub overview, scrutiny and challenge of academy education and financial performance;
- Support Local Hub locality forums for academy leaders and governors to shape and influence Academy Trust thinking; and
- Ensure an effective flow of communication between the Local Governing Bodies, Local Hub Governing Body (LHGB)s and the Trust Board.
9. The governance of each Academy shall be delegated to the relevant Local Governing Body.