In our Trust, each of our schools has a Local Academy Council (LAC) to whom the Trust Board delegate certain roles on their behalf. The key function of the LAC is to collectively be the local 'eyes and ears' of the Trust at the school community level.
Our LACs are made up of staff, current parents and other people with various experiences and diverse backgrounds, who want the very best for our schools. Our formal LAC meetings take place three times a year, generally on Mondays to Wednesdays at 5pm, with an expectation individuals would also attend training events, undertake online training and regular LAC visits. Visits to school are important to ensure Local Academy Councillors get a feel for the day-to-day life of the school and to increase their knowledge and understanding. Ideally, Local Academy Councillors make at least one visit to their school during the school year.
The LACs are currently delegated oversight for community presence, staff and student wellbeing and family engagement. The LAC should also be aware of, understand and advocate for, the school’s progress on school improvement priorities. In addition, Local Academy Councillors members may be required to attend panels, such as pupil discipline and complaints as appropriate. Finance, school improvement and staffing are currently the direct responsibility of the Trust. Holding the school and its Senior Leaders accountable is the responsibility of the CEO and the Executive Team.
Local Academy Councillors may be elected or appointed by the Trust onto the board, and we are now looking to appoint more people. If you would like to be involved in helping our students and staff to continue to flourish, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Applicants do not need to be current parents at the school, so please feel free to share this information with anyone you may feel might be interested in joining us.