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Academy governors in need of guidance

21 May 2012

Academy status introduces a new governance structure which many governors are unfamiliar with. In particular, it is important that governors understand their duties under company and charity law.

Conversion can be a lengthy, stressful process for schools. Focussing on what happens to governors’ roles after conversion is seldom prioritised. A survey by Ipsos Mori for Browne Jacobson LLP indicates that 40% of head teachers wished they had dedicated more time to training governors on their new legal duties and responsibilities.

Governors are often unprepared for these changes. It is essential that during conversion, schools dedicate time to considering whether governors have the required skills to meet their new roles or whether training is required to ensure governors understand and meet their new practical and legal responsibilities after conversion.

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