At a time of significant new initiatives for academy trusts, Rachael Gacs calls on CEOs and trust boards to ensure they also stay focused on the bigger picture and the wider societal trends that will impact upon their organisations and the young people they serve. In this article she makes the case for strategic and proactive leadership.
Recent weeks have seen the first major policy announcement on academy trusts for more than five years. The renewed emphasis on trust growth by the Government, and the launch of the Trust Partnership model intended to spur it, is going to be a big focus for boards and CEOs in the coming months. The model will allow more schools to ‘try before they buy’ and experience working with a trust to access the capacity, the expertise and the collaborative benefits it brings. It will be a positive opportunity for trusts to begin to forge relationships with new schools, to work together for the benefit of a greater number of pupils and staff, and, ultimately, to grow.