Structure & Governance

Structure & Governance Arrangements

As an organisation, the Academy is a partnership between Alder Grange Community & Technology School, Geoff Hewitt Associates and Edge Hill University.

The Academy is dedicated to promoting and providing high quality, cost effective and sustainable leadership development for all schools and educational settings across Lancashire and beyond.  Although a not-for-profit organisation it is school-based and cannot make a loss or be subsidised by resources intended for children.

To that end, the Academy is designed to be responsive to the changing needs of school- and settings-based partners with whom it works. It is intended that all organisations which work with the Academy justifiably feel they are true members of it.

Therefore, the governance structure comprises two elements. The Leadership Academy Management Group is responsible for all matters to do with the design and delivery of the Academy’s “offer”. The Leadership Academy Steering Group(s) represent the Academy Membership and ensures need is clearly established to inform the Academy’s “offer” has maximum impact.

Leadership Academy Management Group: Terms of Reference

The Management Group is composed of:

  • The Director (responsible for ensuring the overall strategy for the Academy’s sustainability and impact)
  • The Course Director (responsible for the design and delivery of all courses, and the quality of the resources deployed)
  • The Manager (responsible for the co-ordination of all operational tasks to ensure the effective running of the Academy)
  • The Schools Liaison Manager (tasked with ensuring the Leadership Academy’s offer is as widely known and understood in schools and other settings as possible)
  • The Headteacher of Alder Grange or his/her nominee (responsible for ensuring the highest level of synergy between the school, as the Leadership Academy’s  “home base” and the Academy itself)
  • The Alder Grange Bursar (whose role is to advise of all matters of pricing, charging and financial management, and overseeing the Leadership Academy’s Bank Account)
  • The Executive Secretary (whose role is to advise on all administrative matters regarding the Leadership Academy’s operations.

The Remit of the Management Group is to ensure the delivery of a highly professional, high-impact leadership development wherever the Academy is deployed. This involves the responsibility to

  • Define the vision for the Leadership Academy’s role and modus operandi and to agree the means of translating these into reality
  • Agree the Prospectus and Web Site content as the “public face” of the Academy
  • To design, evaluate and amend the operational  systems deployed by the Academy
  • To consider, support and challenge the Management Group’s members in the execution of their individual roles

Meetings and discussions on operational matters may occur at any time.

When tactical or strategic decisions are needed meeting s may be arranged ad hoc, may occur at any time and will involve the members whose roles are most involved in the decision to be taken.

However, no irrevocable decision will be taken without discussion by all members of the group.  

Specific Task Groups may be created at any time.

Full meetings of the Group will normally be held twice termly. Those in half terms 2, 4 and 6 will normally focus on evaluating the outgoing term’s work and term. Those in half terms 1, 3 and 5 will normally focus on strategic planning for the two or three teams ahead and deal with any matters likely to arise in the coming term.


Leadership Academy Steering Group(s): Terms of Reference

The core responsibility of the Leadership Academy is to the East Lancashire Schools’ Support Alliance (ELSSA). To ensure as high a degree of collaboration as possible it is agreed that PLELA is one of Alder Grange’s key contributions to the Alliance. To ensure maximum impact, the steering group comprises:

  • The members of the Leadership Academy Management Group whose roles are relevant to the business being conducted
  • The Chair of the ELSSA Board
  • The Chair of the ELSSA Strategy Group covering Leadership Development and Succession Planning
  • A designated representative of the Local Authority with a responsibility for Leadership Development

The core functions of the Steering Group are to:

  • Advise on the philosophy and role of the Leadership Academy
  • Support the determination of the content and scheduling of the Programme
  • Advise on the marketing/promotion strategy
  • Consider  the pricing regime
  • Advise on the development of the NPQ strategy
  • Promote membership of the Leadership Academy
  • Assist in the Quality Assurance procedures for all aspects of the Leadership Academy’s work

The Steering Group will normally meet once per term, during the second half of each term.

Where the Leadership Academy is commissioned outside the Pennine Lancashire area, a separate Steering Group may, if appropriate, be established with a similar remit.

Where appropriate, Steering Groups may meet together.

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