0370 270 6000

The uphill struggle begins

16 March 2012

The campaign hitting the headlines over the last few months is over; the DfE have stepped in and replaced Downhills Primary School’s governing body with a high-profile interim-executive board (IEB). This follows several years of underperformance and an Ofsted inspection that resulted in the school being placed in special measures.

The IEB includes the chair of the Young People’s Learning Agency, Les Walton, head of the Harris Federation, Dr Dan Moyniham, and Dame Sylvia Morris who are now consulting on whether or not the school should convert to academy status.

The power to replace a governing body has only been used three times since its introduction under s.69 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006. However, with the government determined to raise educational standards quickly and tackle failing schools this may be the first of a number of ‘take-overs’. The message is clear: if you are a governor of a failing school and resist calls to become an academy your days could be numbered.

Related opinions

60 seconds with… Emma Hughes

With 19 HR experts now supporting over 500 schools and trusts across the country, in this edition of 60 seconds we sit down with Emma Hughes, who leads the team, to discuss what this significant milestone means to her.

View blog

Fines for unsafe removal of asbestos in schools

In order to reduce the risk of potential breaches, schools should follow this Health and Safety Executive guidance.

View blog

Asbestos: Still the UK’s number one occupational killer

A ResPublica report highlighted that asbestos continues to be the UK’s number one occupational killer, with nurses and teachers 3 to 5 times more likely to develop mesothelioma than the general UK population. The House of Commons Work & Pensions Select Committee is investigating how the HSE manages the continued presence of asbestos in buildings.

View blog

Head of Education, Mark Blois celebrates 25 years of being an education lawyer

Mark Blois, Browne Jacobson’s national Head of Education, is marking a notable anniversary, an incredible 25 years as an education lawyer.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up