8.40am What does good governance look like in a MAT? Mark Johnson, Solicitor & Chartered Secretary, Elderflower Legal
Governance is the system by which an organisation is ‘directed or controlled to achieve its core purpose over the long-term’. Good governance is the bedrock on which successful organisations are built. 2017/18 looks set to be a year of further focus on governance standards by the DfE, EFA, Regional Schools Commissioners and OFSTED. Learn how you can set up your systems and processes for success. Avoid the traps and pitfalls, learn how to manage the risks and stay compliant.
9.15am How to build your strategic plan – spotting opportunities and confronting the challenges Ian Mackintosh, MD, Inteta
‘Strategy’ is the direction and scope of your organisation over the long-term to achieve advantage in a changing environment through the optimum configuration of your resources and competencies. Valuable lessons can be learned from the business world in planning for success. Learn how to plan for the future, grasp opportunities, building on your strengths while identifying and managing weaknesses.
10.00am Building an effective framework for assurance and internal control Grenville Page, MD, Grenville Page Consulting
The Academies Financial Handbook places a clear duty on trustees and senior executive leaders to build and maintain sound internal control, risk management and assurance processes for your academy trust. Learn how to implement effective systems to identify and manage risks. Understand the new tests applied by the Regional Schools Commissioners on capacity to grow, financial sustainability and risk management. Understand the role of an effective audit committee, responsible officer/ internal audit service.
Headteachers, Executive Headteachers and Principals, Chairs of Governors, Trustees, Chairs of Finance and Resources, School Business Managers of prospective or ‘fledgling’ MATs.