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Governance reviews for academy trusts

Wrigleys Solicitors and Satis Education provide a governance review service for academy trusts which assesses and reports on the governance function and provides targeted recommendations and support where action is required.

Wrigleys has a nationally recognised team of dedicated lawyers who work with a range of academy trusts and have encountered and resolved many different governance issues. The firm is steeped in the sector and has a detailed understanding of the governance and compliance framework for academy trusts. Many of the staff are also experienced academy governors or trustees of academy trusts.

Satis Education has first-hand practical experience of governance in academy trusts, with a portfolio that spans visioning (including the development of growth plans and operating models), governance reviews, health checks and developing governance frameworks.

Why do a governance review?

Your academy trust is required to comply with the Academies Financial Handbook, which imposes strict governance requirements. A failure to comply, even a minor infringement, can attract the attention of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.  Repeated and more serious breaches can lead to a Financial Notice to Improve and ultimately re-brokerage of your academy trust. Regular governance reviews can help avoid formal intervention of this kind.

There is a wealth of best practice for you to draw on to support and improve how your trust is governed and ultimately ensure your success. A governance review will identify areas that can be improved and recommend best practice that best suits your particular circumstances.

Our governance review service offers you three levels of service.

Option 1 – Effective Governance

A review of your effectiveness including roles, relationships, meetings and decisions

Option 2 – Compliance

A review of your compliance with key regulatory requirements

Option 3 – Effective Governance and Compliance

A combined review of effectiveness (option 1) and compliance (option 2) to provide a comprehensive assessment of effectiveness and compliance across all key areas

Each review will conclude with a written report outlining the current position and providing recommendations for next steps

As a part of social distancing measures, all meetings may be conducted via phone or online video conferencing.

To arrange a governance review for your academy trust or for further details, please contact:

Graham Shaw on graham.shaw@wrigleys.co.uk, 0113 204 1138 or 07955 855 314

Helen Stevenson on helen@satiseducation.co.uk, 07729 024631 or 07931 384683

"The team at Wrigleys have a depth of experience that provides school leaders, including governors, with the confidence to know that they are in safe hands. They are always available to offer direction and guidance and, if needed, working beyond their remit without hesitation to make sure that education institutions are getting the highest quality and best value."

Andrew Shaw, Executive Principal and CEO The Talentum Learning Trust, Staffordshire

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