The Evolve Trust as an Academy Sponsor?
The Evolve Trust family of schools is committed to working together to transform children’s lives through education. The Trust is passionate about quality education; all of our schools have one simple mission – to give our children the very best education possible and the very best start in life. We place our pupils and students at the heart of eveything we do and our aim is to nurture and develop resilience and potential in every child, making it possible for them to lead productive and successful lives. We want our students to strive for ambitious futures, leaving a positive mark on our and their communities as a whole.
The Evolve Trust is values-driven organisation with an unwavering commitment
“to open minds, creating opportunities for all to believe in themselves, achieve their potential and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life”.
The Trust aims to provide central support and expertise to enable school leaders to focus on the education of children and the development of teaching staff. Together, we will improve pupil achievement by ensuring better opportunities for a wider curriculum; share expertise; create economies of scale, which will free up budget to spend on frontline activity; and ultimately free up school leaders to champion higher standards of teaching in their school.
1. Due Diligence process when joining The Evolve Trust
Due Diligence Process
As part of the pre joining process, we conduct a range of Due Diligence across the school. The Due Diligence process is as much about us finding out how we can work effectively with you; as you finding out how you can work effectively with us.
The purpose of both parties carrying out due diligence is to ensure that you fully understand all of the opportunities, benefits, risks, assets, liabilities and relevant information to make a fully informed decision about whether entering into our Multi Academy Trust or changing Multi Academy Trust is the right decision for your own organisation.
What to expect during the Due Diligence Process
Due Diligence 1
This is a brief documentation process for all schools who wish to ‘register their interest’ in joining The Evolve Trust. This process allows our Trustees to make an informed judgement on whether to go forward with the next stage of Due Diligence.
Due Diligence 2
When Trustees have decided to move forward with full Due Diligence, a team of staff and/or external consultants working on behalf of The Evolve Trust will visit your school. This is a more rigorous process that allows the MAT to gain an understanding not just on what you can offer us but on what we can offer you.
Due Diligence 3
Upon successful completion of Due Diligence 2 if a school wishes to move forward and join our MAT, the Trusts Central Team will work closely with them on the final stage of official paperwork, run through non-negotiables, and work out a full transition timetable for induction.
All schools within The Evolve Trust commit to the same principles of working. These principles are covered in our ‘Non-Negotiables’.
These shared and agreed set of non-negotiables have been developed over time and will remain under regular review as The Evolve Trust grows. It is important that all prospective members of the Trust are clear about these ‘non-negotiables’ that underpin the work we do and sign up to them when joining The Evolve Trust.
Non-Negotiables for New Schools Joining the MAT
The Evolve Trust's vision is based on ‘Excellence through Partnership’. All stakeholders are to be clear about, and be able to articulate the Trust’s values and vision. All schools share understanding of what it means to be part of The Evolve Trust with the following:
Non-Negotiables and Induction for Governance
As part of the pre-joining process, we conduct a Due Diligence on school governance. This allows the trust to agree a way forward that best meets the needs of the school.
We will work with schools to achieve the following:
3. Areas covered under the Due Diligence Process
The list below is not exhaustive but to highlight areas that will be covered under the due diligence processes through stages 1-3.
|Due Diligence areas: |
School overview - OfSTED category, School Development Plan and progress, Self-Evaluation Form (SEF), performance of teaching & learning staff and other key educational outcomes and analysis
Strategic overview - Governance, Policies, Risk Registers, KPIs and legal
Financial - Financial statements, Audit reports, Financial systems, Income & Expenditure, Cash flow, Balance sheet & Tax liabilities, VAT position & practice
Human Resources overview - Organisation establishment, Pay & Performance, qualifications, skills audit, consultants engaged, complaints
Health & Safety overview - H&S Register, Risk Assessments & Practice, complaints, claims, Insurance review
Legal overview - Records, Data Protection, claims history, HMRC liability, Contractual liabilities, lease management & liability
Other overview – as per agreement with both parties and/or deemed necessary
|4. Induction & Transition Overview|
Induction & Governance Transition
|Governance transition to The Evolve Trust||Responsibility|
|All Governors to re-apply for their role on the Local Governing Body and agree to the Scheme of Delegation and Governance Terms of Reference||In collaboration with the Trust |
|All Governors to sign up to our Governors and Trustees Code of Conduct||Provided by the Trust |
|All Governors to complete the Register of Interests form annually||Provided by the Trust |
|All Governors attend the Trust’s Induction Programme (including receiving a full induction pack) ||Delivered by the Trust|
|All Chairs and Vice-Chairs to attend Chair Training and Support sessions throughout the year ||Delivered by the Trust|
|The Evolve Trust email account distributed plus training and any other Governance software ||Delivered by the Trust|
|Clerks to attend briefing sessions (where appropriate)|| |
Delivered by the Trust
|Governors to receive Safeguarding and Prevent Training within the first term of their appointment ||Delivered by the Trust Safeguarding Lead|
|At least one Governor per LGB to undertake training in Exclusions (if not already completed) ||Provided by the Trust|
|One Governor to be nominated as lead finance governor, agreeing to meet Trust Finance Director termly ||Delivered by Trust Finance Director|
|The Evolve Trust to provide all governors with membership to the LA Governor Development ||Delivered by the Trust|
|Copy of Corporate Calendar of Events ||Delivered by the Trust|
Induction and transition for School Staff
It is important that once a school joins the MAT training is given in the first few months. This timetable allows staff the ability to understand their roles in the trust and gain a better understanding of how all the schools function as a whole.
|Transition to The Evolve Trust ||Responsibility |
|Head joins the MAT Leadership Team (MLT) during the conversion/induction process ||CEO |
|Staff Induction Presentation from MAT ||CEO |
|Staff Induction handbook (relay new policies) and values/visions booklet, organisational chart ||Head & CEO|
|Safeguarding confirm completeness of single central record (ensure any actions from DD2 are taken into account plus training for office staff) ||MAT Central Services/SBMs |
and Office Staff of new school
|Curriculum Lead Meetings: ensure that curriculum leads in English, Maths, EYFS and SEND are available for Trust Curriculum Leads Meeting ||Curriculum Leads / MLT|
|Transfer SLAs to trust providers: confirm which agreements have been transferred, contact details etc. ||Finance Director|
|Induction pack for office: including scheme of delegation, academies handbook, financial regulations, and all other MAT policies. ||Finance Director|
|Copy of Corporate Calendar of Events (including moderation and assessment meetings) ||MLT |
|Induction pack for the Head: MAT Strategic Plan, Template for Headteacher’s Report and SDP ||CEO|
Confirmation that Values/Visions for the Evolve Trust are embedded in the school
|Head (after 6 weeks) with MLT|
|New Academy transitions onto Trust’s IT platform||New Academy (4 months) & MAT IT Lead|
|Site visits and observations ||As and when required|
|Family walk for Head around all schools ||6 weeks MLT|
The Academy confirms completion of each action listed in the new academies welcome pack
|New Academy (various dates) and MLT|
We have a dedicated team of highly experienced staff who are here to provide help, advice and support to all our schools and their Governors.