Shaping Governance in WHOLE Trusts

An External Review of Governance - with added benefits!

Improving whole trust consistency and impact


Our External Reviews of Multi-Academy Trusts can also focus forensically on the whole trust!

Unrivalled support for whole trusts that wish to invest in governance as well as reviewing it.  Our support using our Trust-Wide Shaping Governance model not only supports the Trust Board to reflect and improve, but it also does the same for all local boards in the trust.  But better still, it helps to provide a picture of governance for the whole trust.  Helping to identify the strengths and areas for development and supporting the trust to understand how to improve consistency.

Shaping Governance provides training, reflection, benchmarking and improvement for all Boards in one programme,  taking up no more than 3 hours of governors' time.

These reviews are very different to anything else in the sector.  And we have a solid reputation for improving the effectiveness of boards and how they can work together more effectively across the trust.


Shaping Governance supports all boards within a Trust to explore and learn about 9 key areas of governance. Local boards build a picture of how they govern their school and where they need to improve; and the trust board then uses this holistic view of the strengths and challenges in the trust to review their own effectiveness, along with Members.


All boards use a specially designed process to discuss and share their insight across the 9 key areas, leading to an up-skilling and levelling out of knowledge across governors and a picture of performance across the trust, great for succession planning and sharing good practice.


Local Boards are challenged to benchmark themselves against how they should govern, and from the good practice that we have identified. From this they identify their strengths and areas for development, and the trust uses this insight to develop an improvement plan to improve whole trust effectiveness.


A key attribute, as that Shaping Governance facilitates better understanding, communication and relationships across the Trust. Shaping Governance uses appreciative approaches to help you to identify strengths and improve other areas.


Shaping Governance helps trusts to embed its DNA and build a picture of governance across the trust. It helps to ensure that schools, whilst different, are working consistently!


All schools that use Shaping Governance cite immediate benefits - as well as long term benefits when the recommendations are implemented. With Local Boards having a clear improvement plan, allows the Trust Board to be more strategic.

Shaping Governance™️ uniquely different for maximum impact!

We blend the rigour of an external review, including statutory compliance and the attributes of good governance together with our unique asset-based approach to bring the very best out of boards.

"The impact has been phenomenal!"

Here, Andy Moor, CEO of Holy Family Catholic MAT talks about what he likes about Shaping Governance and the value it has brought to his trust and governance.


Shaping Governance is a membership service, where once signed-up, every year* you will receive:

  • An award-winning Shaping Governance session in each school in your trust;
  • A bespoke Trust and Member Board Development session using insight from the school reviews to reshape the effectiveness of the trust board;
  • Insight from the good practice that we have identified;, and using this to identify your improvements 
  • Tailored reports and improvement plans; with our tips and recommendations;
  • Virtual support and progress checks throughout the year
  • A special Shaping Governance plaque for your reception areas.
*Annual fee payable, see full T&C's