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Academy trusts should hand local governors a greater role in managing headteachers’ performance, a report has recommended amid over-centralisation concerns.

A new study published by the National Governance Association today said the involvement of local governors offered a number of benefits and provided “a richer picture of a leader’s performance”.

The NGA interviewed 10 trusts ranging in size from six to 39 schools, and also spoke to local governors themselves.

Academy trust boards are allowed to delegate some of their responsibilities to so-called local governing bodies or “academy committees”.

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