The Education and Adoption Bill proposes a range of measures to be put in place that will give the Secretary of State greater powers to intervene in the running of schools. The new proposed powers of intervention will mean where a maintained school is eligible for intervention, the Secretary of State will be empowered to take various steps. These include replacing the school’s governing body with an interim executive board and directing the school to formally work with another school (eg a collaboration or federation).
The Bill also places a mandatory duty on the Secretary of State to make an academy order in respect of an inadequate school and issue a warning notice to the governing body, rather than directing a local authority to carry this out; however, the power of local authorities to be able to issue warning notices also remains in place.
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