10 Jan Governors’ Role in Academies Needs “Greater Attention”
The Academies Commission has recently released its report ‘Unleashing Greatness: Getting the best from an academised system’.
- Risk: The governors of converter academies do not understand their new responsibilities regarding school improvement
- Risk: There are insufficient governors/potential governors with the requisite time and expertise
- The NAO (2012) found that the proportion of academy Finance Directors with recognised accountancy qualifications has reduced from 61% to 34% since 2010.
- “it may be difficult to achieve the economies of scale achieved by local authorities regarding continuing professional development for members of governing bodies.”
- To ensure a strong framework of governance to support an autonomous system, it is vital that the government takes further steps to support academy governors.
- A dip in attainment or a poor Ofsted report, or both of these, can have devastating consequences for schools and, indeed, the careers of their headteachers. This provides a strong incentive to ‘play safe’.
- With academies’ independence from the local authority, governing bodies become the key mechanism for directing school improvement, and the pivotal link between the school and the wider community
Read how we’re working in partnership with the NGA to develop e-learning modules for Academy Governors