Non-executive director/Trustee at Gloucestershire Learning Alliance

Job Title: Non-executive director/Trustee at Gloucestershire Learning Alliance
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Gloucestershire
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: JN -042021-4241
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
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Job Published: May 17, 2021 12:33

Job Description

This is an opportunity to contribute to the community within Gloucestershire by becoming an Academy Ambassador at Gloucestershire Learning Alliance. Board meetings are held at GL52 8NN or GL51 8HY when safe to do so.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

The Gloucestershire Learning Alliance started on the 1st November 2013 with three founder schools Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy, Rowanfield Junior School and Springbank Primary Academy. The trust has since grown to support eight academies total, with Longford Park Primary Academy, Rowanfield Infant School, Badsey First School, Tredington Primary School, all becoming a part of the Alliance. Great Oldbury Academy, a free school, is due to open in September 2021.

The trust feels that become an alliance was a natural progression, coinciding with its belief in collaborative learning and collective efficiency, and determination to ensure that more young people receive a great education through Quality First Teaching and Assessment for Learning. Each of the trust’s academies continue to strive through effective recruitment and teaching and learning policies, but have also benefitted from the shared capacity of expertise that has significantly impacted on the outcomes it is able to achieve.

The trust operates a number of principles, including but not limited to: Outstanding teaching and pupil outcomes; Clear and simple accountability; Transparent and honest feedback and Successful recruitment of the best candidates at all levels.
The 5 key drivers are:

  • Absolute focus on the key levers for improvement
  • Clear and simple accountability
  • Transparent and honest feedback
  • Improved outcomes for pupils
  • Collective capital or synergy

The board seeks two business leaders with board level experience in

  • Financial Management (with accountancy qualifications) and
  • Risk Management or
  • Entrepreneurial and Business Management and
  • PR/Marketing/Communications

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  1. Quality of education and School Improvement – The trust aims to review and revise the established systems and processes to enable teachers to deliver an ambitious curriculum based upon a clear understanding of the starting points for all children. A Restart, Reset and Recover programme of support has been introduced to assess and support all children across the trust’s schools since re-opening in March 2021. To meet this end, the trust seeks to provide the Central School Improvement Team (SIT) with clear improvement remit for providing incisive challenge, accountability and timely support.
  2. Growth and financial sustainability – The trust wishes to grow, through existing academies joining-up, or through sponsorship of new free schools to ensure it is financially sustainable in the long term. The goal is to grow to support at least 3,000 pupils (currently approximately 2000), which will allow the trust to benefit from more schools sharing the central costs and recognised cost efficiencies. The plan relies upon a staffing re-structure that rationalises leadership, teaching and support staff against need and seeking cost efficiencies in all areas.
  3. Effective communication and good governance – The trust wants to continuing working on implementing a scalable, trust-wide communication policy and approach, to enable clear communication processes allowing effective and positive engagement with staff, parents, stakeholders, and the local community.

What’s involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment. At Gloucestershire Learning Alliance, there are 10 trustee board meetings per academic year, amounting to approximately 8 hours of work a month.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our ambassador network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role. 

Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications.