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Non-Executive Director X 2

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 2
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Norwich
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Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Corvus Education Trust Jan 2020
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email: academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org
Job Published: January 06, 2020 10:28

Job Description

Corvus Education Trust

 

Corvus Education Trust is a three school trust in Norfolk and seeks two experienced NEDs in Branding and Change management. Corvus is a warm and welcoming trust which is looking for enthusiastic Trustees to support its continued development and growth. The trust focus is on collaboration, sharing expertise and ensuring it gets the best for the children who attend its schools. Each of the schools has their own unique identity, but they all work closely together to share best practice and learning. Any expansion of the trust would be because of the firm belief that it is possible to make difference to the children within those new schools; while maintaining standards in already existing schools. At the heart of everything they do are the children within the trust, and their education and growth as individuals. If you would like to become part of Corvus and make a difference then please do apply. Board meetings are held in Norwich, NR15 2AE.

 

About the trust

Corvus Education Trust is a three school trust in Norfolk, comprising of Manor Field Infant and Nursery School, Aslacton Primary School and Watton Westfield Infant and Nursery School. The schools are all community schools and it is the ethos of the trust that drives its success. Manor Field took Aslacton under its wing in 2009 when it was in special measures through a soft partnership. It came out of Special Measures as ‘Good’ 2 years later. The soft partnership lasted 4 years until the two school federated. In March 2017 the federation became a Sponsor Academy trust and took Watton Westfield under its wing because it was in Special Measures. The trust has been successful in supporting Watton Westfield on its journey to becoming a good school. Progress is good across all three schools. Grades are good at Manor Field and Aslacton. Grades are improving at Watton Westfield from the bottom up. The trust budget is around 2 million pounds.  They have 3 schools of which two are infant schools with nurseries. The third school is a small village all through primary. They have 431 pupils in total and the trust employs 91 staff.

 

School 1- 20.3% FSM             13.1% SEN                    0% EAL

School 2-      9% FSM               5.6% SEN                3.6 % EAL

School 3-   17.6%FSM              32.5%SEN               37%  EAL

 

FSM-Free School Meals

SEN-Special Educational Needs

EAL- English as an Additional Language

Plans for the future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. A successful OFSTED outcome for Watton Westfield Infant and Nursery. Watton Westfield has 37% EAL children and a high number of socially deprived pupils. The trust has made significant improvements since the school joined the MAT Multi-Academy trust in 2017.
  2. Conversion of Children’s centres into a nursery for two-year olds.
  3. The Head of School at Manor Field is now on maternity leave and has indicated that she wishes to return part-time. The trust has an Acting-Executive Headteacher for both Manor Field and Aslacton Primary until maternity leave ends and they restructure.

 

To develop trust partnerships that will benefit Corvus Education Trust and enable the trust to remain outward looking. There are now fewer schools with whom it is possible to expand although they would welcome another all through primary into the trust. They are currently working with other trusts, in partnership, through various activities with no view of merging in the near future. They are financially secure in the short-term working within their budget.

 

Trust ethos & values

Corvus listens to its children in order to shape their learning journey and listens to its parents encouraging high aspirations, building in support where needed. The trust supports staff in achieving their career goals and is looking to the future and the future generations that the schools will serve. The trust has reflective practitioners who have agreed the non-negotiables that facilitate high outcomes and good progress for all learners. Corvus is willing to share what it knows and readily accept that its aim is for lifelong learners.

 

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

2

 

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

 

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

 

Person specification

To work as part of the trust's Leadership Team towards future strategic goals, ensuring that the best interests of pupils and local communities are always top of the agenda. Providing leadership and direction in areas of marketing, restructuring and succession planning. Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

 

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

 

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

 

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Restructuring
  • Succession Planning

 

Desirable

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Corporate Governance
  • Social Media Expertise

 

 

The trust welcomes applicants who are able to positively influence the development of vision and strategic objectives. Sensitive to political, economic, social and technological external influences on the trust and its schools. Respects and is open to the views of others in discussions on key issues. We would like an applicant who is able to help us consolidate our purpose and inform others, build relationships within the local community whilst creating a positive impression in the wider community.

 

Time commitment

6 hours per month (minimum).

 

Role 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

To work as part of the Trust's Leadership Team towards future strategic goals, ensuring that the best interests of pupils and local communities are always top of the agenda. Providing leadership and direction in areas of Change Management, Corporate Governance and Risk.

 

Person specification

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

 

Essential

  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Risk

 

Desirable

  • Organisational Change
  • Restructuring

The trust welcomes applicants who are able to positively influence the development of vision and strategic objectives. Applicants will be sensitive to political, economic, social and technological external influences on the trust and its schools and respect the views of others in discussions on key issues. Ideally the chosen applicant will have experience of governance, carrying out Risk Management and who is able to support the governing body in reducing risk through strategic planning.

 

Time commitment

6 hours per month (minimum)

 

Board meetings are held twice termly (usually from 6.00pm) and although there are currently no sub committees trustees take on “lead roles” and are expected to attend occasional local governing body meetings.

 

Location of board meetings and trust website

https://corvuseducation.com/

 

Board meetings are held at Manor Field Infant and Nursery School, Manor Road, Long Stratton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR15 2AE.

Governance structure

https://corvuseducation.com/the-corvus-structure/

 

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 33% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

 

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 900 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

 

“Boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.” 
Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2019)

 

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 

 

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. Please note: candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.

 

Key dates

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process –

 

Deadline for applications: 21st Feburary 2020