During this challenging time, it is more important than ever to be part of a network; to have the space to talk to colleagues, hear what they are doing and share ideas.
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What Trust leaders discussed this week: trustees and Covid-19.
This week Tiffany Beck, Chair of Maritime Academy Trust, shared her perspective on trust governance and the role of trustees during and beyond the Covid-19 crisis.
You can see the recording of her initial input below. Underneath that is a summary of the key discussion points from the event.
Ideas from Trust Leaders on working with trustees through the crisis
1. It is more important than ever for trust leaders, chairs and trustees to work closely together. You can achieve this with lots of regular, simple communications – make sure trustees have a view of what headteachers in different schools are doing, and sharing your external communications with them. At Maritime they are having short weekly check-ins as the situation is so fast moving.
2. Take advantage of trustees’ expertise – and use them as specialists, not generalists. Rather than just rubber stamping, give them specific challenges or responsibilities that match their experience or skillset.
3. Share communications with parents and the community from the Trust (CEO, Chair, Board and central team) as well as from individual schools. At such a difficult time – and a time where there is a lot of uncertainty or confusion, it is helpful to be visible, setting our your values and the decisions they have led you to take as a trust.
4. Care for each other’s wellbeing – Chairs and CEOs should be checking in on each other at a human level as well as a practical and professional one. It is important to practice what we preach around wellbeing and mental health.
5. Role model self-care as well as resilience for your colleagues and teams. While all trust leaders have told their teams it is important to take time off and manage their own wellbeing, many reflected they aren’t as good at doing this for themselves. Putting it in your diary sets a positive example to others and protects that time.
6. Create space for strategic, longer-term thinking. Leaders felt it was easy during this time to spend all their time on the practical, day-to-day operations of their trust and schools. Leaders were keen to find ways to put the to-do list to one side and spend time planning for September and beyond.
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