Local governing bodies in academies shouldn’t hold trustees to account, says sector expert

The role of local governing bodies in schools is not to hold trustees to account as they exist to execute the board’s overall vision, an academies expert has claimed.

Leora Cruddas (pictured), chief executive of pro-academy group Freedom and Autonomy for Schools, said governors on local bodies for individual schools in an academy trust are actually “committees” for the trust, and not mini-boards.

Speaking this morning at the annual conference for ICSA the Governance Institute, when asked about LGBs challenging trustees, Cruddas warned against a “local authority mindset” in which schools were used to querying council decisions.

Meanwhile, a senior member of the National Governance Association warned some trusts are misleading LGBs into thinking they will have autonomy within the trust, when they actually won’t.

Local governing bodies in academies shouldn’t hold trustees to account, says sector expert

 

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