Local Governing Body Member

Location
Shoreham-by-Sea and Crawley locations
Salary
N/A
Posted
26 Sep 2016
Closes
24 Oct 2016
Ref
LGBM/UOBAT
Sector
Education
Function
Voluntary
Contract Type
Voluntary
Hours
Part Time

TO APPLY FOR THIS ROLE YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE ATTACHED APPLICATION FORM AND EMAIL IT OVER TO: recruitment@brightonacademiestrust.org.uk. All applicants will be asked to complete this form in order for their application to be considered.

Local governors for University of Brighton Academies Trust

Would you like to make a difference to the quality of education for young people? By volunteering as a local governor in one of our academies you’ll use and develop your skills in a new environment that will benefit you professionally and personally.

Our local governors are involved in all aspects of the strategic leadership of an academy. For example, you will contribute to discussions on the academy’s strategic direction; monitor its performance in conjunction with the trust; ensure academy staff have the required resources and support to do their job well; and serve on academy and trust panels.

We are currently recruiting local governors for:

Read more about becoming a local governor here

If you have any other questions about becoming a local governor please contact us at academiestrust@brighton.ac.uk or 01273 643413.

Closing date: Friday 14 October 2016

TO APPLY FOR THIS ROLE YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE ATTACHED APPLICATION FORM AND EMAIL IT OVER TO: recruitment@brightonacademiestrust.org.uk. All applicants will be asked to complete this form in order for their application to be considered.

 

Role description
Governance structure:
The University of Brighton Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust, which is a collaborative structure where a group of schools is governed through a single set of directors (or trustees). The Trust is directly accountable to the Secretary of State for Education for its academies, through its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has established a Local Governing Body for each academy within the Trust, to which a broad range of responsibilities are delegated.

Role:
Members of local governing bodies are expected to:


1. Contribute to the strategic direction of the academy and Trust by contributing to discussions at local governing body meetings which consider:

  • vision and values;
  • clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets;
  • access of children, including those with special educational needs, to a broad and balanced curriculum;
  • the academy’s budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium allocation;
  • the academy’s staffing structure;
  • the implementation of the Trust’s policies;
  • the development of links with the local community;
  • the establishment of mechanisms to promote good parent/carer/family relations

2. Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the academy’s performance; this includes:

  • agreeing the outcomes from the academy’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the academy’s action and improvement plan;
  • considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by academy leaders and external sources on all aspects of academy performance;
  • asking challenging questions of academy leaders;
  • ensuring senior leaders have implemented the required policies and procedures and the academy is operating effectively according to those policies;
  • acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the governing body on the progress on the relevant academy priority; and
  • listening to and reporting to the academy’s stakeholders: pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers.

3. In conjunction with the Trust, ensure the academy staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well (including the necessary expertise on business management, external advice where necessary, effective appraisal and continuing professional development, and suitable premises).

4. When required, serve on panels of the Trust and local governing body to:

  • appoint staff in the academy;
  • agree the pay recommendations for other staff;
  • hear complaints and staff grievances & disciplinary matters;
  • hear appeals about pupil exclusions;

5. Follow the principles and commitments set out in the Trust’s Code of Conduct for Directors and Members of Local Governing Bodies.


The role of a local governing body member is largely a thinking and questioning role; they do not manage an academy day-to-day, but are required to oversee its long-term development in conjunction with the Trust.


Knowledge and skills:
Local governing bodies rely on a variety of experiences and perspectives. No specific prior knowledge is required, and we are seeking volunteers with a range of skills and backgrounds. Training and support is available for new and existing governors and is free of charge.


Time commitment:
The average time commitment is 10-15 hours per term. This includes meetings, background reading and academy visits.


Under Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, if you are employed, then you are entitled to ‘reasonable time off’ to undertake public duties; this includes school governance. ‘Reasonable time off’ is not defined in law, and you will need to negotiate with your employer how much time you will be allowed.


Term of appointment:
The normal term of appointment is three years and you would be eligible to be reappointed twice. However, as a volunteer you can resign at any time if your circumstances change.


Expenses:
You may claim for necessary out of pocket expenses (such as travel costs) incurred as a result of fulfilling your role as a member of the local governing body. Payments do not cover loss of earnings.


Safeguarding:
The University of Brighton Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Members of local governing bodies are expected to hold or be willing to obtain Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau).

 

TO APPLY FOR THIS ROLE YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE ATTACHED APPLICATION FORM AND EMAIL IT OVER TO: recruitment@brightonacademiestrust.org.uk. All applicants will be asked to complete this form in order for their application to be considered.