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REAch2 Academy Trust


National Sponsor | Staffordshire

Deadline Date:  11/06/2021

REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary-only academy Trust in England, seeks two new non-executive directors to join its Trust board. The board meet six times per year in and around central London when safe to do so.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference to the education sector by becoming a non-executive director of an academy Trust. REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary-only academy Trust in England, seeks two new non-executive directors to join its Trust board. The board meet six times per year in and around central London when safe to do so.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at academy trusts throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

Established in 2012, the REAch2 Academy has undergone significant growth and now supports 60 primary academies across England, spread from Staffordshire down to Sussex and from Lowestoft to Reading.

The schools within the trust are often in challenging contexts or areas, including cities and rural/coastal areas. Many of the schools within the Trust joined at a point when they needed to improve and the Trust has an excellent track record of school improvement. At the point of joining REAch2, 17% of its schools were judged by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding. Today, that number is 85% of schools.

The Trust seeks to ensure that the board has a broad and diverse make up that is representative of the communities it represents, bringing a balance of skills, knowledge and experience in thought, expertise and lived experience, in order to offer the best range of perspective, and the best support and challenge to the leaders it holds to account.

The board seeks two business leaders with board level experience in

·        IT/Digital Transformation

·        Public Sector / Corporate Governance

 

What’s involved?

The REAch2 Board of Trustees support and challenge a senior executive team in charge of several functions, including education, finance, risk management, HR, governance, estates and health, safety and wellbeing. Trustees are encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills through interaction with Trust staff and schools and there is support from the governance team to ensure understanding of the role

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours’ time per month.

You will be responsible for:

·        Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

·        Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and

·        Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our ambassador network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.  

A full trust specification is available here: https://academyambassadors.my.salesforce.com/sfc/p/58000000t64T/a/4H000001VoNW/DBZbh9E70UHW7G6XIQm3XR5dGPbQUfTgcRBrpTS3wXY

Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications