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Associate (Governor)

Birmingham City Council
Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust Fairfax Road Sutton Trinity Sutton Coldfield B75 7JT
Volunteer role
Closing date
1 Sep 2024

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Schools / Academies - Support staff roles
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Job Details

Start date: September 2024

Hours per week: As required

Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust
Fairfax Road
Sutton Trinity
Sutton Coldfield
B75 7JT
Telephone number: 0121 378 1288

Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust are offering an opportunity for the right people to make a real difference to the outcomes and life chances of young people in Birmingham and Solihull.

Our Schools:
Fairfax Academy
Erdington Academy
Bournville School
Smiths Wood Academy

This is an opportunity to give something back to the local community and use and develop your own skills in a board-level environment. We need individuals willing to commit some of their time and apply their skills and experience to be an Associate within Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust.

We serve students from wide range of backgrounds including some in challenging circumstances. We have much higher than average proportions of students from disadvantaged homes and with special educational needs. We firmly believe that every student has the right to realise their full potential, and to do that they need to experience a high-quality education in a supportive environment to help them achieve their career aspirations and live their lives to the full.

We are seeking to appoint a number of Associates with a range of skills including education, finance, human resources, risk management, health and safety, estates.

Key elements of being an Associate include:

  • holding leaders to account for the school’s performance and delivery of annual improvement plans
  • overseeing the operational activity of school

We know many organisations like your own are increasingly setting aside time and encouraging their staff to take on community roles such as this and see the benefits this can bring to you as well as us.

The role of an Associate can be challenging but it can be hugely rewarding too. It will give the individual the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to their local community, and use and develop their own skills in a board-level environment.

It can help you to:

  • develop broader skills such as leadership and accountability, influencing and decision making
  • experience and gain insight into a complex organisation in another sector, including the inter-relationship of all functions (HR, Finance, estates)
  • understand a different perspective through experiencing an environment very different from their day-to-day work

The role of Associate is challenging but hugely rewarding!

Brief role description

  • attend 5 Academy Association Meetings per annum
  • undertake training, school visits (Ideally 3 half days a year), supporting school activities and ad hoc panels
  • circa 50 hours per annum including meeting preparation, ad hoc meetings and school visits


  • scrutinise the impact of expenditure of the budget allocated to the Academy by Directors
  • carry out the Trust’s vision, policies and priorities
  • scrutinise the academic performance of the academy as defined by the Trust Board
  • support the Trust Board and its committees in relation to the impact of additional funding (Pupil Premium, Catch-up and Sports Premium)
  • advise and act as a critical friend to the Principal and advise the Trust Board about local issues they need to consider
  • represent the interests of the Academy community in the running of the Academy and to represent the Academy in its community
  • provide support to the Principal in undertaking appropriate day-to-day procedures that are essential to the life of the Academy
  • ensure the academy operates within the ethos, values and mission of the Trust
  • expectation that Associates will be available to support Behaviour Panels and PX hearings

Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

 This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016). Therefore the ability to speak fluent and spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.  

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This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references.   

Applicants please note: This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment. Please use the contact details in the advert for information on actual employment conditions.

Rehabilitation of offenders: This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.

An online search will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.



Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

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0121 675 7070
Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
B2 2XU

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