The BBC is reporting that an academy chain is scrapping the current form of governing bodies for its schools in England.
The E-ACT academy group says it will replace them with “academy ambassadorial advisory bodies”.
These new bodies will “play a central role in celebrating the academy’s achievements”, E-ACT has told its school governors in a letter.
But governing bodies, with parental representatives, will no longer hold their local schools to account.
The academy chain says it was about providing the “best possible education”.
A school governor described it as “authoritarian” and “repugnant”…
The letter to governors says the academy chain would contact governing bodies “to discuss an appropriate transition date” and the replacement bodies would provide a different type of function, such as an “interface with the community”.
And it invites current governors to move over to the new bodies, but these would no longer be involved in areas such as hiring senior staff and monitoring budgets and standards.
A governor in one of E-ACT’s schools in the midlands said he was “shocked” at how governing bodies had been disbanded, which he described as “offensive and disrespectful to the people who freely volunteer their time to act as governors”.
What makes this more controversial is that E-ACT itself has a troubled record…
A spokeswoman for E-ACT said the academy group had introduced “fundamental changes to how the organisation operates to ensure that every young person received the best possible education with us”.
She added: “Part of this involves adopting a new governance model, in line with the Department for Education’s guidance…
More (including an organisational chart of the new structure) at: Academy chain to scrap governing bodies
What do you think about this move to end the traditional form of governing body and replace it with what sounds like a relatively toothless ambassadorial advisory body?
Does it sound to you to be in line with DfE guidance as suggested?
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