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Discovery Multi Academy Trust
PL6 6DX, Plymouth
Unpaid Voluntary Role
Closing date
24 Jun 2024

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Charity and not for profit
Salary band
Part Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly home

A trustee at DMAT plays a crucial role in the strategic oversight of the trust. Their responsibilities include ensuring that the trust's vision, mission, and values are upheld, and that its schools are delivering high-quality education.

What will you be doing?

  • Trustees help set the long-term vision and strategic direction of the trust. They collaborate with the executive leadership team to develop and implement strategic plans that ensure the trust's goals and objectives are met. 
  • Trustees are responsible for holding the executive leadership team accountable for the educational and financial performance of the trust. They monitor progress against strategic objectives, performance indicators, and financial targets to ensure the trust's schools are performing well. 
  • Trustees oversee the trust’s financial health, ensuring resources are managed effectively, budgets are adhered to, and financial risks are mitigated. They scrutinize financial reports, approve budgets, and ensure that funds are used appropriately to support educational outcomes. 
  • Trustees ensure that the trust complies with legal, regulatory, and statutory requirements. They identify and manage risks, ensuring that robust systems are in place for safeguarding, health and safety, and data protection. 
  • Trustees work to ensure that high educational standards are maintained across all schools within the trust. They review academic performance data, support school improvement initiatives, and ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of all pupils. 
  • Trustees engage with a range of stakeholders, including parents, pupils, staff, and the local community, to understand their needs and perspectives. They ensure that stakeholder views are considered in decision-making processes. 
  • Trustees act with integrity and in the best interests of the trust and its pupils. They promote a culture of transparency, inclusivity, and ethical behaviour across the organisation. 
  • Trustees provide both support and challenge to the executive leadership team, offering guidance and expertise while also asking critical questions to ensure robust decision-making. 
  • Trustees commit to ongoing training and development to enhance their skills and knowledge, staying informed about educational best practices, governance, and relevant legislation. 

By fulfilling these responsibilities, trustees play a vital role in ensuring the success and sustainability of Discovery Multi Academy Trust and its commitment to delivering high-quality education.

What are we looking for?


  1. Strategic Thinking
  2. Financial Acumen
  3. Analytical Skills
  4. Communication Skills
  5. Problem-Solving
  6. Governance Knowledge


  1. Educational Sector Experience
  2. Leadership and Management
  3. Financial Management
  4. Policy and Regulatory Compliance
  5. Community and Stakeholder Engagement


  1. Integrity and Ethics
  2. Commitment
  3. Objectivity and Impartiality
  4. Collaborative Approach

What difference will you make?

Trustees influence the quality of education and student outcomes by setting high standards and ensuring that effective teaching and learning practices are in place. Their decisions and oversight can lead to improved academic performance, better support for students with diverse needs, and enhanced overall educational experiences.

By monitoring academic data and supporting school improvement initiatives, trustees can help schools implement strategies that raise student achievement and close attainment gaps.

Trustees ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the trust. Their oversight ensures that resources are allocated efficiently and that financial risks are managed, which directly impacts the trust’s ability to maintain and improve its educational provision. Effective budget oversight and financial planning by trustees can lead to investments in new educational resources, facilities, and staff development, thereby enhancing the learning environment.

Trustees shape the strategic direction and growth of the trust. Their decisions regarding expansion, partnerships, and new initiatives help the trust adapt to changing educational landscapes and community needs. Trustees might approve the addition of new schools to the trust, enabling it to expand its reach and impact more students, while ensuring that new schools meet the trust’s standards of excellence.

Trustees ensure that the trust operates within legal and regulatory frameworks. Their vigilance in governance and compliance helps prevent issues that could harm the trust’s reputation or effectiveness. By ensuring compliance with safeguarding regulations, trustees help create a safe and secure environment for students and staff. Trustees foster positive relationships with parents, pupils, staff, and the wider community.

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