IEBs and academy conversion

An Interim Executive Board (IEB) replaces the maintained school’s governing body in its entirety when put in place by a local authority or the Secretary of State.

That mechanism allows the local authority or Secretary of State to put in place its/his chosen people to run the school instead of the existing governors.

The detail of how an IEB works and what it can do is set out in schedule 6 of the 2006 Act.

The appointment of an IEB can take place quite dramatically.

An IEB is required to  “conduct the school so as to secure, so far as is practicable to do so, the provision of a sound basis for future improvement in the conduct of the school” (paragraph 10) with the intention of either advising that the school should be disconintued (paragraph 15) or allowing for the resumption of a ‘normal governing body’ (paragraph 17).

Schedule 6 does not provide for an IEB to arrange for conversion to an academy, so the claim is that an IEB can bring about the conversion simply on the basis that it is exercising the ordinary powers of initiating academy conversion.

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