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The ICSA Academy Governance Conference


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Do you have a clear vision for your school governance?

Following Parliamentary concerns over multi-academy trust (MAT) performance and accountability, the ICSA Academy Governance Conference on 4 October 2016 provided delegates with the tools to evaluate their school governance framework, benchmark their existing structure, and discuss the fundamental governance principles that will help to deliver educational aims and objectives to an even higher standard.

School leaders learned more on the potential governance impact of becoming part of a MAT and about topics including: MAT governance key roles and responsibilities; board diversity; Ofsted inspection expectations; and the local authority’s new role.

The conference also offered delegates an advantage of a networking opportunity to discuss and share ideas with peers on what good school governance looks like. The event aimed to develop a clear vision for school governance framework and enable to raise standards even higher and deliver more opportunities for students.


TimeWhat's on
09.30 Conference opens
Registration and tea/coffee
10.00 Chair’s opening remarks
Bill Watkin, Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association
10.15 Keynote address: building legitimacy for academy governance
Robert Hill, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Education and Professional Studies, Kings College London and Independent Education Consultant
10.40 Becoming part of a MAT: where does the power lie?
Joining a MAT can seem like a daunting prospect when the impact on your existing school governance is uncertain. What happens to your existing governing body? In this session, we explore how you can manage the approach to become part of a MAT, the importance of open communication regarding delegating governance functions and the benefits of becoming part of a cohesive system.
Roger Inman, Partner and Head of Education, Stone King
11.15 Networking tea and coffee break
11.45 Establishing effective MAT governance
Implementing a robust governance structure that is fit for purpose is vital to an effective MAT. Everyone involved must understand what their roles and responsibilities are. Here we delve deeper to take a look at what the key roles are for any multi-academy trust and discuss the importance of team work in delivering a highly functioning school chain.
Debbie Clinton, Deputy Chief Executive, Diverse Academies Learning Partnership (DALP)
12.15 Governor and Trustee skills: building the right board
Governors and trustees must strike a balance between a strategic view of the whole trust and understanding the needs of individual schools within it. To make a real impact on educational outcomes, the school board needs individuals with a broad range of skills, experience and personalities. So what is the right mix of skills for a MAT board? Take part in this workshop to discover the essentials of creating a balanced board.
Kirsty Watt, Head, Academy Ambassadors
13.15 Networking lunch
14.15 Evaluating leadership and management
Following the implementation of the common inspection framework in September 2015, we take a closer look at what Ofsted is looking for in leadership and management. In a drive towards more professionalised school governance, we find out how you can succeed and what good academy governance currently looks like.
Mike Sheridan HMI, Regional Director for London, Ofsted
14.45 Board self-evaluation
In this session we take a look at the core questions academy boards of trustees should be asking themselves when evaluating their own performance and discuss the importance of identifying issues quickly, and implementing change efficiently.
Mark Blois, Chair of Governors and National Leader of Governance, L.E.A.D Academy Trust and Partner and Head of Education, Browne Jacobson
15.15 The new role of local authorities
What role will the local authority play in the academisation agenda as head teachers and not councils become responsible for school improvement? Here we take a look at how local authorities are responding to the structural changes in the education landscape and find out what support they can offer MAT leaders in fulfilling their objectives.
Colin Diamond, CBE, Executive Director for Education, Birmingham City Council
15.45 Final remarks and close of conference


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£255+VAT - Members, Academies and MATs
£355+VAT - Non-members and private sector 
£125+VAT - Students 


To be confirmed


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