Due to the size of the organisation and the number of schools for which it is responsible, coupled with its drive for accountability, it is also a complex organisation with various important elements of governance.

In September 2019 a new Cluster-based Governance model was introduced. With two Directors of Education, each Cluster is led by a Deputy Director of Education.
The relationship between the Trust Board and the Executive Team, the Cluster Boards and the Local Governing Bodies is characterised as a partnership to realise a common vision and a common purpose.

In the case of the Cluster Boards and the Local Governing Bodies the relationship between the three tiers of governance is also based on the principles of:

  • no duplication of governance
  • governance should be as close as possible to the point of impact of decision-making
  • risk management is key responsibility for each tier with clear lines of responsibility and accountability

The Scheme of Delegation and various Terms of Reference provide clarity as to the responsibilities of the different groups and who the decision-makers using a Responsible, Accountable, Support and Consulted methodology.

The Effectiveness of management and governance is supported through clarity over who holds the decision-making responsibility and who supports and advises the decision-makers.