School academy advocates are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Academy advocates (Governors) are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management, including by the governing board.

What do LWF Academy Advocates do?

Academy Advocates provide strategic leadership and accountability in LWF schools, working with the executive headteacher and heads of school to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual academy advocate is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual academy advocates may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board. 

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the executive headteacher and head of school (a critical friend)

The executive headteacher and heads of school are responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

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