Condition Improvement Funding
Working with partner organisations, conditions surveys on all of our academies are undertaken as part of the due diligence process and revisited on an annual basis. Collectively, these form the Trusts Condition Survey which is used in applying for grants either through the Condition Improvement Fund, Salix Funding, Decarbonisation Scheme or grants from other charities. This allows our children’s working environment to be safe and allows teaching and learning practices to be creative.
Health & Safety Framework
Our Chief Operating Officer works with the Estate Team and our external partners in leading the Trust’s Health & Safety Framework. This is based on our Health and Safety Strategy of creating a culture of compliance through open and honest communication of the controls needed to align the Trust with health and safety laws. The Estates Team, along with our external Health & Safety Partner, provides tailored guidance and support to all staff through practical straightforward advice. We use the latest technology to ensure timely and effective reviews of policies, risk assessments and procedures take place within the compliance framework.
Our Estates Team prides itself on creating exceptional learning environments. They ensure that all academies have clean and attractive grounds that are accessible to all regardless of the weather. Internally our estates team ensures a clean and safe environment everyday for our people.
In delivering a high-quality service, our risk management framework is an essential and integral part of our business planning and decision-making process. Risk management is owned by all of our people in managing their colleague’s and their own risk on a day to day basis. Our board of trustees, through internal scrutiny, provide overall effectiveness of risk management and controls. We work very closely with our external provider who delivers assurance through their annual audit that we are, at a minimum, compliant with current legislation. As part of the due diligence process we provide support through our framework to new schools/trusts in risk management controls and procedures.