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  • Academy trust AGM: attendance and agenda We refer to the model articles of association and outline advice from our associate experts about who should attend annual general meetings (AGMs) and what the agenda should include.
  • Checks on trustees, members and local governors You must carry out specific checks on trustees, members and local governors when they join your trust, including DBS and section 128 checks. And, a newly appointed chair of trustees must complete a suitability check with the ESFA. Find out the checks you need to make across different roles.
  • Disqualification of trustees and local governors Learn what criteria determine the eligibility of trustees and local governors to hold office, and use our checklist when assessing new candidates.
  • Governance Handbook 2020: summary of changes The Governance Handbook was updated on 8 October 2020. Read our summary to get up to speed on the key changes.
  • How to embed your scheme of delegation Make sure your scheme of delegation works in practice and helps staff, trustees and local governors achieve your trust's objectives. Follow our tips to make sure your scheme keeps pace with changes across your trust and is applied effectively.
  • How to write your scheme of delegation You're required to have a scheme of delegation that shows who does what in your trust's governance structure. Follow our tips on what to include and what to consider when writing or reviewing your scheme. Learn how other trusts have written theirs.
  • Legal responsibilities of trustees in a MAT You should understand the required duties of trustees in your MAT. Read through this article for help with understanding their responsibilities under charity law and company law, as well as other pieces of legislation.
  • Members of the trust: appointment, removal and resignation Here's a run-down of the rules on appointing and removing members of academy trusts. You won't need to be involved yourself, but if you have a governance manager this will help them with any questions.
  • Members of the trust: roles and responsibilities Learn about the role members should play in your trust, and understand their key responsibilities.
  • Register of people with significant control You must have a register of people with significant control. Understand the requirements, see who counts as being a person with significant control and use our template register to help you stay compliant.