GOVERNANCE

FAMILIES IN
PARTNERSHIP

PURPOSE

The primary focus of the Families in Partnership model is to improve the way the Trust communicates and engages with our school communities. We want parents, carers and members of the local community to be at the heart of our Trust.

STRUCTURE

Each school will have its own Families in Partnership group made up of the Trustees, the school Principal, elected parents, nominated parents and members of the local community. The elected parent representatives will attend three meetings a year where they will receive updates on developments at the Trust and priorities of the school while having the opportunity to provide feedback and ask any questions.

All elected and nominated representatives will adhere to the Nolan Principles of Public Office and safeguarding requirements. Trustees may terminate the appointment of any member (including staff and parent members) whose presence or conduct is deemed not to be in the best interests of the Trust or the school.

Elected parents will be asked to attend where possible key school events, such as Sports Days and Parents’ Evenings. As well as elected parents, members will also include figures from the local community and invited parents who may have skills and experience which could benefit the school and wider Trust.

  • The meetings will be open for all parents to attend as and when they wish.
  • There will be three meetings a year, one every big term from September 2022.
  • Agendas for each meeting will be circulated one week in advance by the Trust Governance Professional.
MEMBERSHIP

Any elected representative will serve a term of 4 years. A member may at any time resign their office by giving notice in writing to the Governance Professional of the Trust.

The Principal will automatically cease to hold office if they cease to be associated with the Trust School in the capacity in which they were appointed or elected. The membership of nominated members will be reviewed annually in September.

COMMUNICATION & ROLE

All elected and nominated members will be able to access the Trust Governance Professional as required about any matter relating to the group. An overview of each meeting will be on each school Families in Partnership web page and will be included in the Principals Newsletter. All elected and nominated parents will have a pen portrait on the school Families in Partnership webpage.

Members will be expected to be a voice of our parents and community but not the voice of the parents or community. Moreover, the group is not a place for parents or individuals to discuss their child or an individual child. The group will focus on the school as a whole.

PRESTON HEDGES TRUST

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