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 head teacher 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:
The executive head teacher 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.
Each year the Advocates focus on areas linked to the development plan to support their visits within the federation. “It is essential that Academy Advocates see groups at work and be familiar with the life of the school during the working day. This enables the AA to be good ambassadors of the schools and increase their knowledge base, so that they can make wise decisions and provide effective support and challenge at governing board meetings” ( LWF Academy Advocate visiting policy).