Post's response indicated that the Head Teachers' Board (HTB) that approves MAT requests had concerns over governance:
The proposed structure was not felt to be robust:Governance and particularly the lack of public and democratic accountability has long been a major issue raised by those of us opposed to academisation and the HTB's comments reinforce those reservations.
Has the trust completed a skills audit for the Board of Trustees? Would expect appointments to be made based on skills - would expect the trust to aim for a skills based Board post the transition phase
- Two proposed members are also Trustees, and these individuals are also the Chairs of the Governing Bodies at each school, which raises issues for accountability.
- Both the vice chairs of the local governing bodies are also trustees
- Three of the proposed trustees are also employees
- All of the trustees are either employees or on the current local governing bodies of the two schools
- Ex-Head of the school as a member
- Overall there needs to be some independent individuals on the Board
Both The Village School and Woodfield currently have interim heads of school - what happens when these individuals leave/.what is the future plan for Heads of school?
Surely these are are issues that should have concerned Brent Council. Why did they not seek information from the RSG or make their own representations over governance. Surely it can't be because the Labour Chief Whip, Cllr Sandra Kabir, is Chair of Governors of one of the schools, a key champion of academisation and apparently unaware of these problems?
In the absence of an Education Committee on Brent Council it is surely time that the Scrutiny Committee looked into the issue of academisation and its impact in Brent in some detail.
The NEU's local newsletter, with more on this issue and the background. is posted below. Click on the bottom right square for full page version: