From the outset we worked to implement a series of templates and standard practices including introducing an annual schedule of business to ensure agendas were relevant and the Trust was compliant in statutory areas. We Then developed a template agendas and improve minutes to ensure meetings were relevant, encouraged challenge, and evidence was recorded. In addition we have worked with the School to implement actions plans to support governance review actions and website compliance.
It was important from the beginning that we supported the Board to develop the basics of good governance to ensure they have the necessary tools and advice in place to succeed. In addition we developed a Microsoft Teams site which now holds all documents and information for the Board including meeting papers, action plans, contact information, and an online Declaration of Interest form.
Our approach to effective clerking has provided a culture change within the Board to enable them to support the School in the long-term. Recording and reporting is now consistent and will provide good evidence for Ofsted as well as allow Trustees to track and monitor development. The sharing of information through MS Teams allows easy access to documents and support collaboration between Trustees.
In addition we have also implemented a new Code of Conduct, an improved recording of pecuniary and business interests, clear details of Trustees terms of office and attendance at meetings, and information to support induction and training.
GLK continues to support the Trust Board in all areas which aids their development such as identifying opportunities for Trustee recruitment, training opportunities, areas they can provide effective challenge, and introducing good approaches to governance.