The BDAT Trust structure has changed significantly over the last 12 months as the number of the schools in the Trust has increased. The Trust Board is made up of approximately 12 Trustees, each appointed for the skills they can bring to drive and steer the strategic purpose and direction of the Trust. We appointed our current Chair, Tessa Mason, with extensive experience of education policy and school leadership in January 2016.
The Trust Board is supported by a series of finance and education sub-committees, comprising Trustees, Academy Leaders and Central Team Officers, which hold schools to account. Each academy also retains a Local Governing Body, responsible for the day to day challenge and support for their school.
From 2018, due to our size, BDAT also established an independent audit committee, tasked on quality assuring and monitoring the work and functions of the Trust Board, Executive and School Leaders.
The Trust retains high level responsibility and accountability for the use of resources, finance and for educational achievement. This is monitored through regular internal and independent effectiveness and progress analysis, evaluations and reports. Information is shared with the Headteachers/Principals, the Local Governing Body, BDAT officers and Trustees. Robust discussions are held at all levels to ensure that academy achievement and best value enable the optimum performance of each academy and of the Trust overall.
Our Governance structure can be found here:
The Trust employs a lean central service team made up of the CEO, operation and finance staff who work with the academies to ensure statutory compliance, best practice and economies of scale. The purpose of the central team is to remove bureaucracy of schools, freeing up school leaders’ time to teach and support our students.
We also employ primary and secondary education staff who provide quality assurance, challenge and support to each school to drive outcomes, progress and standards.
Details on the central services team can be found here:
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