An overview schematic of the governance structure can be found here.
Paradigm is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The directors are also the trustees for the purposes of charity law. Paradigm’s Articles of Association are the primary governing document of the company.
Paradigm is led by a team of members and directors. The members appoint the directors. Members and directors work together to provide strategic leadership and oversight, via the Board. The majority of members sit on the Board. The Board meets monthly and receives reports and recommendations from the three Board committees, and the chief executive.
The chief executive has responsibility for the day-to-day management and implementation of the decisions of the directors. S/he is also the Accounting Officer. The chief operating officer deputises for the chief executive, in the event of his/her absence. In such circumstances, the chief operating officer also takes on the Accounting Officer responsibility.
The Education Committee monitors the educational performance of each of Paradigm’s schools, considering educational aims and setting appropriate performance targets. It also oversees arrangements for individual committee members to take a leading role in specific areas of provision e.g. special educational needs and disabilities, or child protection.
The Operations and Finance Committee considers: Paradigm’s financial priorities; the management accounts; the appropriate charging of expenses; and draft budgets submitted by Paradigm schools. The committee also: ensures that Paradigm has proper insurance cover and that the regulations relating to funding are complied with; sets and monitors human resource policies/contractual terms; and monitors the management of the estate.
The Audit and Risk Committee advises the Board on: the adequacy and effectiveness of internal financial control and risk management; control and governance processes; securing value for money; the terms of appointment and the remuneration of the external auditor and the internal audit service provider; and on audit strategy.
The principal of each academy may recommend to the Board that there should also be a Community Forum for the school to provide an opportunity to raise the profile of the school in the local community and engage with a wider group of benefactors/ supporters.
Each academy also has some form of academy council/parental forum, which facilitates communication between parents/carers and the relevant academy principal. Academy councils/parental fora may ask questions of the principal about the operation/performance of the academy as well as raising any issues of concern.