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As an interim executive board (IEB), you have an important and challenging role. Use these pointers on what to prioritise to help you get off to a good start and ensure effective ways of working.

We worked with our associate education expert Fiona Stagg to write this article. Fiona is a national leader of governance with experience of working on an IEB. We relay her advice below.

Role and responsibilities of an IEB

Fiona explained that an IEB is a small body appointed on a short-term basis, aiming to support a struggling school to turn around quickly. Board members are selected for their specific skills depending on the needs of the setting.

According to the Department for Education (DfE), an IEB’s function is to provide “interim expertise and high quality governance to support future improvement” in a maintained school, including the promotion of high standards of educational achievement.

Whilst in place, an IEB acts as the governing board, and takes on normal responsibilities such as:

This is set out on page 24