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Priority policies (module 3)

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Running a multi-academy trust (MAT) is a demanding role and there is a need to support the development of executive leaders. This unique, highly successful eight-day course is designed to offer support and guidance to all existing and aspiring MAT executive leaders. These roles carry very particular duties and responsibilities. To be successful you will need knowledge of school improvement, good governance structures, financial and business management processes as well as bringing good leadership and change management skills.


This module provides insight and overview on key policy areas that need to be considered and understood at both an executive and board level. It will focus on those areas of highest risk or complexity.

Previous delegates have indicated that they would have benefitted significantly from attending this module before becoming a multi-academy trust. 


The areas covered in this module include:


  • employment and HR matters
  • pensions
  • safeguarding 
  • health and safety.


The first part of the module will be led by the Karen Delgado, an experienced HR professional with significant experience of working with academies and with public sector employment issues. This will look at:


  • terms and conditions of employment as detailed in the Blue Book, Burgundy Book and Green book and how these differ from the statutory requirements
  • TUPE, new appointments and changes to terms and conditions
  • trade unions
  • pension schemes and the financial risks they pose to a trust


A short session on safeguarding will look at the key issues a trust needs to consider in translating guidance into systems and structures that can be effective in an academy trust context.


The final session of the day will tackle the significant issue of health and safety, led by an experienced occupational health and safety management professional, including the responsibilities the trust holds in law and:


  • financial, moral and ethical considerations
  • civil law
  • general criminal obligations and specific section 37 duties
  • overview of the HASWA including section 40
  • the impact on companies from a series of accidents
  • manslaughter and corporate manslaughter.





One day - 10.00 - 16.00.


£325 + VAT
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