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Scope of Responsibility & Remit

The Trustee Board is accountable in law for all major decisions about our academies. However, this does not mean that the Board is required to carry out all the Trust’s governance functions and many are delegated, including, for example, to the CEO, to the committees and to school leaders.

It is vital that the decision to delegate a function is made by the full Board of Trustees and is recorded. Without such delegation, the individual or committee has no power to act. 

The scheme of delegation (SoD) is the key document defining the lines of responsibility and accountability in the Trust. It aims to be a simple, yet systematic way, of ensuring that the Members, Trustees, Board committee(s), senior Trust leadership and Academy Head Teachers are all clear about their roles and responsibilities. This overarching SoD for all decision making in the Trust should not be confused with the written scheme of delegation of financial powers referred to in the Academies Financial Handbook.