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School leadership and governance

Good governance is fundamental for any effective organisation. In addition to being at the heart of the accountability arrangements, governing bodies are also the key vision setters and strategic decision makers.

Our team has extensive experience of supporting a wide range of not-for-profit organisations develop their governance arrangements and capability and is nationally recognised for this work. Whether you are looking for support in relation to multi-academy trust arrangements, collaborative and joint venture projects, trading companies or with governance generally, our team has a wealth of practical experience and knowledge to offer.

And for academy trusts, we have developed a governance checklist package.All academies are required to publish a ‘Governance Statement’ in their annual accounts and this must include a review of their governance arrangements.

The governance checklist helps governors to:

  • see at a glance their principal duties and obligations;
  • undertake the necessary annual review;
  • improve the effectiveness of their board meetings; and
  • put a clear audit trail in place in anticipation of the next Ofsted inspection.

The checklist is based on the contents of ‘The Governors’ Handbook’ published by the Department for Education and draws on our extensive experience of helping academies sharpen the quality of their governance.

We provide:

  • Governance reviews providing strategic and operational support;
  • Governance training to support the development of effective boards and leadership teams, understanding legal duties and effective decision making;
  • Regulatory support to ensure compliance with OFSTED, EFA and DfE requirements; and
  • Constitutional matters including day-to-day operational support and advice on conflicts of interest.

We have been recognised for the work we do

Winner: Business Team of the Year 2018

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Kirsty Duxbury, a lawyer at national social purpose law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) and Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Blackburn, has been appointed as Diocesan Registrar of the Diocese of Worcester.

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PODCAST: Harpur holiday pay – judgment published

In this podcast, you will listen to Libby Hubbard and Anna Dabek providing a brief summary of the impact of the judgment in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel.

Friday 29 July 2022

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PODCAST: Episode 4 – Hidden disability awareness: Mental health – A colleague’s experience with counselling

In this podcast, Puja Desai interviews Kimberley Foster and discusses her experience with counselling. This is a really helpful podcast for anyone who has thought about counselling.

Monday 13 June 2022

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Phil Watts

Senior associate

Senior associate in the governance, funding and corporate team