NPCAT has been shortlisted for one of the most prestigious honours in the world of education.

A delegation attended the National Governance Association (NGA) – Outstanding Governance Awards at the House of Commons on Thursday September 9.

The trust – which runs 23 primary and four secondary schools educating more than 9,000 pupils across Teesside and North Yorkshire – was nominated for the Outstanding Vision and Strategy award.

NCPAT’s application outlined how its vision is communicated with stakeholders and across the trust and how it shapes discussions between the governing board and leaders.

“Our trust has a strong vision and mission which is underpinned by highly effective governance, taking account of the best practice core functions of governance at all levels,” said governance lead Fiona Jennings.

“Everything we do aims to create modern facilities to offer the best educational experience for our pupils in a positive atmosphere that reflects and supports family values. Our governance system is a vital pillar of our strategy to achieve this.”

NPCAT’s approach includes a system of link governors who challenge and scrutinise specific areas, governors attending parents’ evenings, feedback through surveys, governor drop-in sessions and training and development opportunities.

“The link governance framework is an excellent example of information sharing and corroboration to ensure the trust vision and mission is being proactively driven forward, supported and challenged,” added Fiona.

Emma Knights, chief executive of the National Governance Association said: “These stories of excellence are vital to avoid the sector just talking about governance when things go wrong. They help underline that governance truly contributes to the improvement and sustainability of our schools.”

Fiona was joined by trust chairman Joe Hughes, chief executive officer Hugh Hegarty, chief operating officer Jim Farquhar and clerk to the board Claire Mitchell at the awards, which took place on the Palace of Westminster’s Terrace Pavilion.

The event was hosted by Angela Richardson MP on behalf of NGA and awards were presented by Baroness Berridge, parliamentary undersecretary of state for the school system.

The 2021 awards are part of NGA’s Visible Governance in Schools Campaign year of action, which seeks to increase awareness and understanding of the role of governance in the school system.

Governing boards, clerks and lead governance professionals will receive recognition for outstanding achievements and practice at the awards, which celebrate the positive contribution good governance makes to education.