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Failing schools

In Wales local authorities have a number of responsibilities in relation to failing schools.  If a local authority considers a school satisfies any of the conditions set out in Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 it may issue a warning notice.  If the local authority is still not satisfied with the action the school has taken (or not taken) it may exercise its powers of intervention which include:

  • requiring the governing body to secure advice or collaborate,
  • appointing additional governors,
  • removing the governing body and appointing an interim executive board in its place,
  • suspending a school's right to a delegated budget, and
  • issuing a direction.

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