We are currently seeking a trustee to join the board of The Talentum Learning Trust, a trust of nine schools, with an annual budget of £16m.

As a trustee/director your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold executive leaders to account – both for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Oversee the organisation’s financial performance and ensure its funds are directed to the best possible educational outcomes for young people

By volunteering as a trustee/ director you will be responsible for contributing to the strategic decision-making of the board, helping the trust to realise immediate and long-term goals, and ultimately ensuring transparency, accountability and, challenge.

About The Talentum Learning Trust

The Talentum Learning Trust operates a group of academies for pupils aged 3-19 years. The Trust is a mixed multi-academy trust (MAT) – some schools are Church of England and some are community schools. The Trust comprises two High Schools with a combined Sixth Form, a Middle School and six First Schools. All schools are Ofsted ‘Good’ or better except Leek High which is on it’s journey towards achieving an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating.

As of January 2023 the academies had a roll of 2,513 pupils and employs 368 staff across all entities.

As of 31 August 2023 The Talentum Learning Trust had nine academies: All Saints’ CE First School (3-9 years), Beresford Memorial CE First School (3-9 years), Blackshaw Moor CE First School (3-9 years), Leek First School (3-9 years), Rushton CE Primary School (3-9 years), Westwood First School (3-9 years), Churnet View Middle School (9-13 years), Leek High School (13-18 years) and Westwood College (13-18 years).

One of the schools is in a Grade II listed building which presents some challenges. The Trust has had some success with additional grants from DfE to improve the buildings but is looking to expand this success.

The highlights from the Trust Strategic Development Plan are:

High quality, inclusive education
–           Drive effective transition and an ambitious curriculum for all.
–           Raise attainment through bespoke school support & challenge.

School improvement
–           Improve learning and teaching through a genuine culture of collaboration and pedagogical expertise.

–           Establish a strong culture of coaching & talent management.

Financial management, infrastructure & support
–           Develop a robust estate strategy to deliver a number of programmes.
–           Develop a Trust-wide digital strategy.

Strategic governance & leadership
–           Increase the profile of the Trust within the regional and national educational landscape.
–           Ensure high quality governance at all levels.

The Trust’s requirements

The Talentum Learning Trust is looking for a Trustee with a background in HR, Legal or Estate Management to join the board. As a mixed MAT the ideal candidate would be a practising Christian, however the Trust would welcome applications from any applicants with suitable experience.

The Trust takes pride in the serving its local community and Trustees embrace their role as strategic architects in building and driving collaboration across the town and beyond the Talentum Learning Trust academies.

The Trust has a governance training and induction package available to support new and existing Trustees in their role and an existing experienced board which is able to support, challenge and hold the executive team to account, while understanding the needs of the community that they serve. All new Trustees will be supported with Trustee induction and support from Governance Manager. They will also have access to external support and training such as Modern Governor training and CST.

The Board holds four meetings a year (Wednesdays at 6.30pm-8.30pm). The successful candidate will join the Board and sit on at least one of the following committees:

– Audit & Compliance (meet once a term = three meetings in total – Wednesdays at 4:30pm)
– Achievement & Progress (meet once a term = three meetings in total – Thursdays at 4:40pm)
– Pay Committee (meets once a year)

All meeting are held face-to-face and therefore the successful candidate should be happy to commute to the ST13 postcode area where the meetings are held.

What difference will you make?

Volunteering on an academy trust board is deeply rewarding as it allows you to impact the life chances of young people. Academy trusts support schools to give children a better future. For young people to have the best possible opportunities in later life, it’s vital we have individuals with the right expertise leading schools and holding executive teams accountable. Becoming a trustee is a fantastic opportunity to give back to your local community by strengthening education.

As well as looking for new opportunities to give something back to society, you may be looking for opportunities to build your experience in strategic decision-making at senior level or demonstrate your ability to perform in a non-executive position as part of a portfolio career.

All roles are pro bono

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Governing boards should represent the communities they serve, as well as wider society. We welcome interest from underrepresented groups to ensure academy trust boards are diverse in background, skillset, and thought.

Diversity is a powerful instrument for effective governance. Trustees are required to make choices that impact the daily lives of children, from school finance all the way through to staff and pupil recruitment. It’s essential that boards possess a broad set of beliefs, experiences, and ideas to inform their final judgements. We believe that true representation at board level enables all children to fulfil their potential.

Useful information – about the trust

Trust website: https://www.ttlt.org.uk/

Companies House information: https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/09999238

Get Information About Schools: https://www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/Groups/Group/Details/16078


Useful information – academy trust governance

Academy Trust Handbook: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/64a52424c531eb000c64fe78/ATH_2023_FINAL_040723__digital__tracking_off.pdf

Academy trust governance guide – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/-governance-in-academy-trusts