How Governance Works at OAT
Our Board of Trustees provides oversight of compliance, finance, Health and Safety and HR issues so that school local governing committees can focus on student outcomes and well-being. The Board is made up of 11 people – a mixture of parents, community members and experts who are appointed based on their skills, insight and knowledge. They work on a voluntary basis and bring a wealth of experience in areas such as HR, Finance, School Improvement, IT and Education.
There are 4 formal sub-committees that report into our Board: Audit and Risk, Finance and Resources, Remuneration and Nominations and Educational Strategy and Standards. We also have a more informal 'Chairs Network' where the Local Governing Committee Chairs meet to share best practice, current challenges and also feedback and input to the work of the Board.
Governor induction and mentoring is planned to ensure that each school’s governing committee can function effectively. A bespoke governance development programme is also run throughout the year to allow all those involved in governance to meet informally as a whole team for training in order to contribute to the strategic leadership and governance arrangements of the Trust.
All trustees and governors are provided with remote access to a secure intranet facility where records of all relevant documents, policies, minutes etc. are stored to promote efficient ways of working.
We use a 'Governance Framework' that is ultimately a collection of policies that make our ways of working clear for everyone and ensure that work completed in local governing bodies and our Board is consistent and aligned.
Governance Framework (click to reveal)
Governance Structure and Committee Remit (click to reveal)