Welcome to the DEMAT Local Governance Page of our website.
Governance is pivotal to the effective and efficient running of the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust, which includes all academies, their local governing bodies, our board of trustees and the central team. As a Trust, our moral purpose is to improve life outcomes for our children, by making our academies be the best that they can possibly be.
We are very fortunate to have high quality and dedicated volunteers in the form of trustees at board level and governors at local governing body (LGB) level, who work with us in partnership to offer robust support and challenge.
Mixed Models of Governance
We operate a standard scheme of delegation which clearly sets out roles, responsibilities and accountabilities at all levels and our effective LGBs will follow this. However where we have ineffective or vulnerable LGBs for a variety of reasons, we implement a mixed model of governance where some of the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities are shared across the Trust to enable effective governance to take place.
Academy Governance Handbook
All schools within the Trust are required to produce a LGB Governance Handbook which clearly sets out how they are functioning, and we support our LGBs by providing a template LGB Governance Handbook and supporting resources to enable this to happen coherently across the Trust.
The Trust at Executive level implements a robust governance monitoring system which systematically monitors governance risks and performance through it’s established school improvement DRV (Demat Review Visits) system. This enables the Trust to have a coherent view of standards of governance across the Trust and respond accordingly to LGB needs.