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Academies governance improvement required

15 January 2013

Whilst academy status has 're-invigorated' some governing bodies, a report issued by the Academies Commission notes that more is needed to ensure governors have a 'clear understanding' of their new role as company directors and as 'custodians of school improvement'.

The report also highlights concern about the lack of governors with the requisite time and expertise to drive academies forward and focuses on the need for a quality Chair and greater collaboration between schools.

Ensuring governors understand their additional roles as directors, trustees and potentially also members of the academy trust has previously been identified as a crucial part of the academy conversion process. Regular training and support for academy governors on their new roles and responsibilities is vital to ensure that governing bodies can demonstrate the ability to provide effective challenge and hold school leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement, behaviour and safety.

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