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Governors’ Role in Academies Needs “Greater Attention”

Governors’ Role in Academies Needs “Greater Attention”

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Academies Commission logoThe Academies Commission has recently released its report ‘Unleashing Greatness: Getting the best from an academised system’.

Mainstream media, so far, seems to have focused on the section about admissions. Here are some other snippets for you – and you can download the full report here (PDF):

  • 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

Useful links:

The Academies Commission website

Academies Commission on Twitter

Academies on the DfE website

Modern Governor e-learning module about Converting to an Academy

Academies financial handbook now available

Read how we’re working in partnership with the NGA to develop e-learning modules for Academy Governors


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