If a maintained school is ‘eligible for intervention‘ the Secretary of State can:
- appoint additional governors: section 67
- direct closure of the school: section 68
- provide for governing body to consist of interim executive members: section 69
Since the focus here is on the process of ‘forced conversion’, I will concentrate on option 2, the only one I have so far seen deployed as part of trying to force conversion of a maintained school into an academy. (Although, of course, appointing additional governors would not be a less dramatic, less hostile and less political response in this context.)
See this other post on IEBs generally.