What was the issue addressed?
Our governing body changed to become a federated governing body. It took time to understand and address the merger of policies and staffing into a federated model.
We received support from the Local Authority in forward planning a timetable for review of policies. There was heavy reliance on our policies committee to volunteer time. Most policies required significant input from professionals.
The policy merger and new governing body was successfully set up over the course of two terms.
What lessons were learnt?
There needs to be realistic recognition concerning the time it takes to review and change policies. A timetable and good planning are essential.
Has your governing body had to conduct a major review of policies in response to changes in the status of your school or composition of your governing body?
What challenges do you think there are in becoming a federated governing body?
Have your say…
Have you had experiences similar to these? What do you think about the situation described?