Local Advisory Boards (LABs)
Local Advisory Boards are vitally important in ensuring the good governance of each academy and are constituted to provide local scrutiny and challenge for Head Teachers and Principals within the individual academies.
According to the NGA latest report here, the general trend in MATs is that the traditional local governing bodies are changing to local advisory boards as a result of the role of MAT Trustees. The functions of the local board are focused on the importance of monitoring educational standards and school life as well as community engagement and accountability to stakeholders. “A number of trusts are moving the local tier into a specific community or stakeholder engagement role. This is a valid move, as those at academy level often have a strong connection to their individual school and are part of the local community. As such, they volunteer at school level because they want to put something back into the community and help improve education for local children”, NGA June 2019
The LAB exercises the powers and responsibilities delegated to them by the Trust Board. Details of these powers and responsibilities are set out in the Scheme of Delegation and other key policies.
Responsibilities of the Local Advisory Board
Governors of the LABs will have the following duties:
- Ensuring good governance of the academy, using the agreed level of delegation and reporting accordingly
- Representing the school vision and aims in accordance with the KAT vision and principles whilst ensuring individual schools aims and objectives are relevant to local needs
- Supporting the Head Teacher/ Principal and senior leadership of the Academy whilst being a critical friend
- Monitoring the achievement, quality of teaching & learning and behaviour within the Academy
- Engagement with the Academy’s key stakeholders e.g. parents/carers, pupils, staff and the wider community.
- Establishing and reviewing academy level policies and procedures, reflecting Bradgate Education Partnership expectations and bringing them to the attention of the CEO if any doubt exists
- Working within the expectations of the Terms of Reference (ToR) between KAT & LAB
2.4 LAB Governors will monitor:
- Educational offering, inc the compliance of the academy website
- Have oversight of the School Development Plan (SDP) and Self Evaluation Form (SEF)
- Have oversight of the Attainment and progress reports, including pupil premium and sports premium, challenging where needed
- Local community activities and relationships with all local stakeholders
- Other locally co-ordinated activities and forums
Skills and Characteristics of Members of the LAB
The Trust Board requires all appointed LAB governors to have:
- Commitment and a willingness to support the aims of Trust as a whole.
- The skills required to contribute to effective governance and the success of the Academy
- A strong commitment to the values of the Trust and the individual academy
- The inquisitiveness to question, analyse and challenge
- A willingness to learn
- The ability to listen and reflect
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the Academy’s business including reading papers, attending meetings, attending training sessions and other relevant events
- An understanding and acceptance of the duties and responsibilities set out in the Scheme of Delegation and Trust policies
- Effective communication skills and a willingness to ensure effective communication between the LAB and the Trust Board
- An ability to hold others to account for their professional practice
- Good independent judgement
- Experience of schools (as a former governor, a parent, or a member of staff) or the relevant skill set from the local or wider community
- Governors of a LAB need to take a full and active role in fulfilling the role assigned to them by the Trust Board. This will include regular visits to the Academy
The proposed structure of the LAB is very similar to a traditional LGB and is detailed below:
by the Trust
The Local Advisory board members will be announced shortly
Zadvinder Singh Padda - Chair of Governing Body
Chair of Governing Body
Safeguarding Link Governor,
Zadvinder has 20 years’ experience in Leadership roles spanning the Public, Voluntary and Private sectors. He has served in Senior Governance roles for West Mercia Police Authority and in Higher Education for the University of Worcester.
Educationally Zadvinder has completed a Diploma in Management, the Prince 2 Management course, as well as a BA Honours and an Executive MBA from the University of Birmingham Business School.
Zadvinder is a Multi Awarding Winning Early Years Founder and Operator, having opened nurseries in the borough of Sandwell that have won Nursery of the Year in the borough as well as National Awards from NMT and NDNA.
He also has become a Nuffield Farming Scholar from his experience in agriculture and has an Associateship of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. Whilst also becoming a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow and a Director of Sandwell Consortium during his time in the Voluntary Sector.
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FAO: Chair of the Governing Body
The Khalsa Academy Wolverhampton,
Major Singh Rana - Chair of Finances and Resources Committee
Major is Head of Tax for Müller Dairy UK and has been with the business for over 14 years. Prior to joining Müller Major was with Ernst & Young and is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Corporate Treasurer and Chartered Tax Advisor. Major joined the Board of Governors in May 2016 and Heads up the Finance Committee. Major is married with two sons and is also on the board of a local Football club. He enjoys jogging in his spare time and holds a season ticket at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Luke Darbey - E-Safety link Governor
E-Safety link Governor
Luke completed his BSc in Business and Management at Aston University. This led him into a business role at SYCC. Luke has over 10 years’ experience from the Charity Sector. While in his current role of Community Centre Manager at Smethwick Youth & Community Centre Luke has led projects in the Employment, Youth, Sport and IAG fields. He has experience in funding, financial management, budgeting and project management in both third sector and childcare activities; whilst also being DSL trained.
Luke declares some of his main interests as behaviour management and working with young people to help them develop into active members of adult society. This passion has led Luke into the foster care sector; where he has experience of caring for Looked After Children
Anita Notta - Principal
Gurpal Singh - Staff Governor
Manraj Singh Dhillon - Staff Governor
Harjinder Singh Dhariwal
Dee Howe - SEND, EAL and Pupil Premium
School Governor for SEND, EAL and Pupil Premium