Apr 082020
 

Non-Executive Director - Ethos Academy Trust

LANCASHIRE AND WEST YORKSHIRE | HUDDERSFIELD
Change Management | Human Resources | Non-executive/Trustee | Property/Estate management | Succession Planning
Deadline date: 1st May 2020

Ethos Academy Trust specialises in assessing, supporting and meeting the needs of children with wide ranging social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties; these young people sometimes find it difficult to work in ordinary mainstream schools. The trust seeks two non-executive directors, with skills in either HR or real estate/property. Board meetings are held in Batley.

About the trust

Ethos Multi Academy Trust was officially launched in September 2018 with three existing Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) all based within Kirklees. The three units have a strong and longstanding track record of providing high-quality support to children and schools across both primary and secondary sectors.

Within the trust, support is personalised to the individual need of the child and can take many forms, ranging from in-school training - focused on building the capacity of schools or academies to effectively meet the needs of children - through to full-time assessment placements for children in order to identify and address complex SEMH needs. The majority of pupils return successfully to mainstream schools following their support or placement.

The three PRUs within Ethos Multi Academy Trust work closely with Kirklees Local Authority and also deliver education to pupils who are unable to attend school for medical reasons. This involves partnership approaches with mainstream schools and the delivery of personalised packages of education in a variety of settings including pupils' homes, hospitals, libraries and other community centres.

The academies currently involved in the trust are:

  • Engage Aacdemy - KS1 and 2 PRU[1] (serving pupils up to the age of 11) - Ofsted Grade ‘Good’ (March 2018)
  • Westfields - KS3 Pupil Referral Unit (serving pupils ages 11-14) - Ofsted Grade ‘Good’ (April 2017)
  • Ethos College - KS4 Pupil Referral Unit open (serving pupils ages 14-16)- Ofsted Grade ‘Outstanding’ (February 2017)

Plans for the future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Increase and enhance the continuum of SEMH support and provision by: i. Enhancing the quality of early intervention provision to enable mainstream schools to effectively support pupils with SEMH needs to thrive and succeed. ii. Increasing the breadth of high-quality alternative provision places.
  2. Strategically guide, support and challenge the team to develop a ‘mixed MAT’ comprising both specialist and mainstream settings. This is likely to involve building further capacity and developing commercial opportunities to develop the service to partner schools and academies.
  3. As the Trust grows and develops, the introduction and development of a strong People Strategy is essential from the perspective of attracting, developing and retaining staff making an exceptional contribution to the Trust.

Over the next five years the trust aspires to grow to a maximum of ten schools, containing a mixture of mainstream and special schools / alternative provisions within a 45 minute radius of Kirklees.

Trust ethos & values

Mission: Nurturing inclusive learning communities: Focussed on maximising the life chances of all children, Ethos Academy Trust embraces a forward-thinking and open-minded outlook, informed by a thorough understanding of the strengths and needs of our pupils, parents / carers, local schools and the wider community.

The trust has three key values, these are:

  • To inspire: developing creative and responsive learners, developing their motivation to become lifelong learners;
  • To believe: it seeks to raise aspirations and foster a positive mindset in all learners through the development of determination, resilience and flexibility;
  • To achieve: a relentless focus on academic attainment alongside personal, social and emotional development.

Role summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Roles 1&2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The competencies required for this role include:

  • Essential
    • Non-executive/ Trustee
    • Real estate/ Property
  • Desirable
    • Audit
    • CEO/ General Management
    • CFO/ Finance
    • IT/ Technology
    • Legal/ Compliance

Person Specification

The trust seeks someone experienced in the senior strategic oversight of property and who is likely to have a background in managing premises and / or health and safety, but with a broader context of general management and oversight of a business at a senior level. A thorough understanding of health and safety legislation is desirable.

Time Commitment

The trust board meets six times a year (once each half term) and meetings are generally held on Thursdays at 5pm and last for around 2 hours. Some (but not all) trustees are invited to join one of the sub-committees (Finance, Audit & Risk or Curriculum & Standards). Those not on sub-committees can sometimes be asked to support other areas including ad hoc support, if available. Induction will be tailored to individual needs. Trustees are expected to be able to commit 4-6 hours per month (on average).

Role 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The competencies required for this role include:

  • Essential
    • Change Management
    • HR
    • Succession Planning
  • Desirable
    • CEO/ General Management
    • Growth Management
    • Non-executive/ Trustee
    • Restructuring

Person Specification

The trust seeks someone with significant senior experience in the field of Human Resources and be able to support and challenge the executive team as they further develop the strategies in relation to staff wellbeing, becoming an employer of choice and staff recruitment/retention.

Time Commitment

The trust board meets six times a year (once each half term) and meetings are generally held on Thursdays at 5pm and last for around 2 hours. Some (but not all) trustees are invited to join one of the sub-committees (Finance, Audit & Risk or Curriculum & Standards). Those not on sub-committees can sometimes be asked to support other areas including ad hoc support, if available. The induction will be tailored to individual needs. Trustees are expected to be able to commit 4-6 hours per month (on average).

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at academy sites in Batley.

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Governance structure

https://www.eat.uk.com/trustees-duties/the-trustees/

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 832 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”
Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2019)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. Please note: candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.

Key dates

Deadline for applications: Friday 1st May 2020.

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process.

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