Add or update governance details
Academy trusts, including free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools, must notify ESFA about the appointment or vacating of governance roles within their trust. This is a requirement in the Academies Financial Handbook.
ESFA also sends confidential information about funding and financial reporting to academy trusts throughout the year. It’s important we have the right contact details for you.
Further guidance on updating academy trust governance information using GIAS is available.
What you need to include
New trusts have 28 days to supply all governance information for their trust.
You must then tell us about new appointments, or any changes to governance roles, within 14 days of the change being made.
At trust level, we require information for:
- chair of trustees, including direct contact details
- accounting officer, including direct contact details
- chief financial officer, including direct contact details
- all members and trustees
At academy level, we require information for:
- headteacher, including direct contact details
- local chair of governing body, including direct contact details
- local governors
Enhanced checks for new chairs of academy trusts
New chairs of trustees must have an enhanced disclosure and barring service check, countersigned by the secretary of state, prior to their appointment.
Free schools only
Each current and proposed member and trustee of the academy trust must complete a suitability and declarations form to meet due diligence requirements.
ESFA Update provides the latest information and actions from ESFA, for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.
We send ESFA Update to the chair of trustees, accounting officer and chief financial officer in each trust. Headteachers of academies also receive a copy.
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