This ICSA guidance note is aimed at trustees/directors/governors of academy trust schools and can be adapted for any size of academy to reflect good practice for each organisation’s needs. This document, and others in the series, should provide sufficient detail for trustees/directors/governors, and others interested in governance, to think about the governance arrangements within their own academy, and apply those aspects of good practice that are most appropriate and proportionate.
For a trustee/director/governor of an academy to be effective it will be necessary to provide the individual with sufficient information about the academy trust for them to be able to contribute to board discussions in a meaningful manner as soon as possible. It is unrealistic for each and every trustee/director/governor to be fully versed with the issues facing the academy at their first board meeting, but each trustee/director/governor should be working towards gaining that comprehensive knowledge. The induction pack is just one method in which necessary information can be imparted.