Last reviewed on 18 January 2022
School types: Maintained · School phases: All
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Get to grips with the process for appointing an interim executive board (IEB), understand what its role is and find out who makes up its membership.

Appointment of an interim executive board

Setting up an interim executive board (IEB) is 1 of the interventions that could be put in place when a maintained school requires improvement.

A school is eligible for intervention when it has:

  • Failed to comply with a warning notice, or
  • Been judged inadequate by Ofsted 

This is laid out on page 12 of the Department for Education's (DfE's) guidance on schools causing concern.

The appointment process 

The local authority (LA) can apply to the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for permission to establish a governing board as an IEB, according to section 65 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

The LA and RSC will then work together to assess each individual case, deciding who's best placed to implement and take responsibility for the IEB. See page 24 of the