In fulfilling one of its core principles, DSAMAT supports local governance and representation, known as Academy Councils. These will operate under a scheme of delegation with Good or Outstanding schools retaining some delegated powers at a local level.
The Trust operates centralised financial management and data analysis software and it is the expectation that all schools joining the Trust adopt these. Good and Outstanding schools will on admission retain significant control of their local budget, which will be set in conjunction with the Trust central team and monitored locally, and will retain the right to appoint staff to deputy headteacher level in conjunction with the Trust Board. Policies will continue to be set and monitored locally and centralised policies introduced as they are developed through consultation with the Trust’s Headteacher forum.
Schools in Special Measures or Requiring Improvement will be given more support at a local level and may initially be governed by a Regional Hub Board. This will facilitate the introduction of an Academy Council approximately one year after admittance as the Academy starts to make rapid improvement.
Where academies have access to historic local Trust funds these will be controlled by the local Academy Council thereby retaining local control over funds designated to that specific Academy.
Parental representation in each DSAMAT Academy will be through the nomination of Parental Representatives to the local Academy Council (subject to successful skills audit) and through a local parental consultative group that will contain representatives from parents of pupils in each Key Stage.
Details of the Regional Hub Boards and each Academy Council can be found on their individual Academy website (once updated).