Researching school governance

Whilst now the parent representative for Raine’s parents on the Steering Group, I feel myself thrown into the Deep End. Having requested training from Tower Hamlets, this was refused. Apparently there is no formal training available for Steering Group members, though the Steering Group is supposed to oversee the planned closure and transfer of pupils to Oaklands.

Doing this one needs quite a bit of knowledge about school governance. Yet, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has no training scheme for associates and refuses governor training for me. I was trained during my time as LEA school governors 10 years ago but times do change, but I do have some ideas.

I am now finding myself looking up School governance regulations in my own time. I will continue to blog along those lines once I have studied lengthy documents that deal with the issue.

What is important for me is that Interim Executive Boards can be set up to help a school improve performance. Question for me is, would dissolving a school be within the scope of those rules, as obviously closing is different from improving.

As I have mentioned in my previous blog, the current IEB board of Raine’s Foundation school was staffed by Sir Alasdair MacDonald who from the start recommended the closure of Raine’s and proceeds to do so.

We now have entered the second phase of the process and I am having to read up on a lot of paperwork.

What I find interesting from reading around various blogs on the Internet is, that LEAs do not have to consult building owners but only the executors of educational strategies, e.g. in the case of Raine’s the Diocese who deliver the education under lease of the Foundation Trust for the building.

It is always good to know the rules and make qualified remarks rather than wasting time on polemics.

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