The Benefits Of Good Governance

Publication Date09 July 2021
SubjectCorporate/Commercial Law, Consumer Protection, Corporate Governance, Education, Trusts
Law FirmWrigleys Solicitors
AuthorMr Graham Shaw

We look here at the benefits of good governance for schools and academy trusts.

Schools and academy trusts have been through the mill in so many ways over the last 18 months. Their understanding and implementation of good governance has been put to the test, like never before. So what are the key benefits of good governance that will stand schools and academy trusts in good stead as they emerge from the pandemic?

Common purpose

The vision sets the direction of travel for any school or academy trust. It captures what they want to be and achieve. For some, covid will have caused them to review and re-set their vision, with governors and trustees enthused by a new sense of purpose. For others, their vision will have held them firm through the pandemic, with governors and trustees more convinced of their shared endeavour. Either way, we have seen how a clear, shared vision enables schools and academy trusts to unite around a common purpose.

Strategic focus

We have also seen how the pandemic has required boards to retain a strategic focus while supporting staff and students. This has not been easy. However, a strategic plan that identifies the key priorities and deliverables, the required resources and how key challenges will be resolved, helps governors and trustees in this endeavour. It provides a strategic framework for policies, procedures and other metrics, so that staff and local governors can also play their part in delivering the collective vision.

Shared values

Meanwhile, life teaches us that our values derive from who we want to be and what we see as important. The same is true of schools and academy trusts, where values derive from the vision. As with the vision, values are most powerful when they are written down, shared and owned by everyone, not just governors or trustees. In this way, the whole community understands what's expected of them in pursuing the common good.

Good behaviour

Expectations are particularly important among governors and trustees, if they are to function effectively. A code of conduct plays a key role in recording expected behaviours by codifying what works well and/or setting new expectations. Governors and trustees know what's expected of them, meaning they all pull in the same direction. Others see what's expected, which facilitates the recruitment of like-minded individuals.

Effective teamwork

This supports effective teamwork at board level, where having the right skills and experience also means everyone has a valid...

To continue reading

Request your trial

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT