Governance reviews for academy trusts
Wrigleys Solicitors and Satis Education partner up to provide a comprehensive service for academy trusts.
Wrigleys Solicitors and Satis Education have joined forces to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 0113 204 1138 or 07955 855 314
Helen Stevenson on email@example.com, 07931 384683 or 07729 024631
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The information in this article is necessarily of a general nature. Specific advice should be sought for specific situations. If you have any queries or need any legal advice please feel free to contact Wrigleys Solicitors