Interim executive board: appointment, membership and role

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.

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  1. Appointment of an interim executive board
  2. Role and responsibilities of the IEB
  3. Membership of the IEB
  4. IEB terms of reference examples

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
  • Has been judged 'inadequate' by Ofsted
  • Has met the definition of 'coasting' (a school that is not making necessary improvements) in line with The Coasting Schools (England) Regulations 2022

This is laid out on page 14 of the DfE's guidance on schools causing concern.

Although this guidance refers to IEBs in maintained schools, sometimes multi-academy trusts set up IEBs in their academies where they feel improvement needs to be made.

The appointment process 

The RD can also require

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