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October 2020

As we all develop new skills in working in a virtual environment, it was with great pleasure that we held our Trust Leadership Conference in October.  Over thirty leaders from across the Trust met together to evaluate the past year, plan for the future and to contribute to high quality debates about the future shape of Trusts, how we work better together and the key areas our work should focus on.  We were delighted to welcome John Edwards, (ex-RSC of East Midlands and Humber and now Director of Funding at ESFA.  John inspired and challenged us to think about how we work together as a Trust, how ‘outward facing’ we all are and how we should take the leadership, especially the governance, of the Trust seriously.

The leadership of any organisation is always critical to its success or failure.  At Archway we are blessed with many committed and experienced individuals who give their time up freely as volunteers to support and help our schools.  We are extremely grateful for these folk who don’t get anything in return for their labours except our appreciation and hopefully the knowledge that they are making a difference to the lives of the young people for whom they are ultimately responsible.  Whether it is our local Academy Advisory Board members who look after the day to day running of the schools and support and challenge the Principal or the Trustees who have oversight and responsibility for the entire Trust, each member is valued and each member necessary in a highly functioning and successful organisation.

We read only too often about all types or organisation which have gone terribly wrong.  Almost always there was a crisis at the highest levels of leadership in those organisations.  I continue to be extremely grateful and humble in receiving the advice , support and generous time given by so many ‘volunteers’ who help make Archway the great organisation that it is.

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