In late 2021, The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership concluded its review of its governance practice and structures, with a primary focus on improving information flows as the ATLP grows and the role of local school governance, which up to this point has been provided through Local Governing Bodies. As the governance needs of the trust have changed over the last five years, particularly due to growth and the irrevocable impact of the pandemic, the Trust Board has been committed to finding a new way to maintain strong, meaningful links within our schools and their communities. The new governance structure to be adopted in the 2022-23 Academic year supports this ethos with the introduction of the Governance and Consultation Network alongside the introduction of local School Advocates, whom will provide specialist and targeted support in an advisory capacity to their school/group of schools and the Trust as a whole.
Each school/group of schools will be supported by 4 talented individuals, each of whom will provide advice and assistance in one of the specific areas listed below:
- Vulnerable Children
- Community engagement
- Support and Challenge
The introduction of the advocate roles and their trust-wide committees will replace the historic local school governor role and local governing bodies, and place a renewed emphasis on collective improvement and excellence across our family of schools. Through introducing specific responsibilities and remits for each advocate role, and as a result of advocates liaising with both their local school and their skillset peers in advocate committees; local schools and ATLP as a whole will benefit from increased communication opportunities between the Board and local levels to improve informed decision-making processes. Local schools will be empowered through improved communication from the Trust Board, whom in turn will benefit from improved oversight from the enhanced consultation opportunities.
The ATLP and its schools are currently seeking people to join our family of schools as ATLP Advocates. We are looking for people who are excited to contribute to the ATLP’s continued efforts to deliver the very best for our children, their families and their communities. If you would like to learn more please click here.