Autumn 2019

Thank you for this professional development. I relish every opportunity to work with and alongside CST.

Maria Hamblin, CEO – Fierte Multi Academy Trust

National Leaders of Governance Masterclasses – delivered by the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) on behalf of the DfE

As the sector body for school trusts, CST is working with the DfE to prepare and deliver masterclasses for National Leaders of Governance working with School Trusts. CST is undertaking this work as part of their core charitable purpose to build sector capacity and advance education for public benefit. This masterclass is being offered FREE to all National Leaders of Governance who hold Chair or Trustee roles on School Trusts Boards.

This event was very useful not only the presentation and the way it was handled but also the reflections of other delegates who were empowered by the facilitator.

David Kennedy, CEO – The Hoddesdon School Trust

Spring 2020

Building your board

Recent government attention on the competencies of individual board members has lacked a genuine focus on the Trust Board as a corporate entity.

While the competence of individual trustees is important, the overall competence of the Board is crucial to improving outcomes for children and young people. Facilitated by Emma Perkin, The Constant Group (on behalf of CST).

The session raised clear actions for me to take back to our schools, particularly around developing middle leaders’ understanding of the curriculum and sequencing learning.

Julie Carson, Director of Education – Woodland Academy Trust

Applying the Church of England Vision for Education

The Church of England vision for education is deeply Christian, with Jesus’ promise of ‘life in all its fulness’ at its heart. This masterclass will explore the governance implications of the four elements of the Church of England Vision for Education: Educating for hope and aspiration; Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills; Educating for community and living well together; Educating for dignity and respect. What impact does the vision have on strategic decision making, board roles and responsibilities and MAT school improvement policy?

National Leaders of Governance Masterclasses – delivered by the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) on behalf of the DfE

As the sector body for school trusts, CST is working with the DfE to prepare and deliver masterclasses for National Leaders of Governance working with School Trusts. CST is undertaking this work as part of their core charitable purpose to build sector capacity and advance education for public benefit. This masterclass is being offered FREE to all National Leaders of Governance who hold Chair or Trustee roles on School Trusts Boards.

SMART Curriculum – supporting integrated curriculum financial planning (with CJ Learning)

This masterclass is brought to you by CST and CJ Learning. The masterclass will begin with an overview of the importance of curriculum delivered by CST’s Chief Executive, Leora Cruddas. CJ Learning’s Chief Executive, Chris Jones, will then explore the size of the curriculum needed to deliver a good curriculum with breadth and balance. The masterclass looks at integrated curriculum planning through a different lens. Instead of ‘efficiencies and savings,’ our focus is on investment in the education of our young people within a system that puts the funding where it is needed to the best effect.
Our masterclass focuses on the strategic use of resources and will help participants know how to identify funding that can be invested in additional or alternative activity to improve the substance of education.

Overall the masterclasses have been excellent value for money facilitated by a very knowledgeable facilitator and presenter.

David Kennedy, CEO – The Hoddesdon School Trust

Getting your Scheme of Delegation Right

This masterclass, offered in partnership with Stone King LLP and The Constant Group, will focus on the principles of delegation and how to develop your schemes of delegation. It will be a practice, hands-on masterclass.

All of the masterclasses I have attended have been very good.

National Leaders of Governance Masterclasses – delivered by the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) on behalf of the DfE

As the sector body for school trusts, CST is working with the DfE to prepare and deliver masterclasses for National Leaders of Governance working with School Trusts. CST is undertaking this work as part of their core charitable purpose to build sector capacity and advance education for public benefit. This masterclass is being offered FREE to all National Leaders of Governance who hold Chair or Trustee roles on School Trusts Boards.

The ‘Trust Dividend’ – trust-wide evaluation and preparing for Ofsted’s summary evaluation

The ‘trust dividend’ is the reward or added-value that individual schools receive by being part of the trust. Sir David Carter says: “The Trust Dividend is the aggregate impact of the formal collaboration that the trust leads across the schools who make up the whole – the sum of the parts in effect.”

Sir David Carter, Executive Director of System Leadership at Ambition Institute and Andrew Read CEO of DEMAT will be delivering a session at this masterclass.

This masterclass explores the concept of the Trust Dividend. Specifically, the masterclass explores methods of self-evaluation and will help participants to prepare for Ofsted’s summary evaluation. Summary evaluations are when inspectors evaluate the quality of education provided by a Trust and Trust Leaders’ contributions to this, drawing on previous inspections of individual schools within the Trust well as mechanisms for monitoring the effectiveness of their individual schools.

Found the day really useful. There are not many places to get real life MAT information – pleased I found this one!

Joining with or merging School Trusts (with Stone King LLP)

There is increasing appetite in the sector for trusts to consider joining another trust or merging to order to create a group that is educationally and financially sustainable.