Headteacher boards

Headteacher boards (HTBs) are responsible for advising and challenging regional schools commissioners (RSCs) on academy-related decisions.

HTBs use knowledge, professional expertise and experience to consider proposals brought forward under the RSC’s decision-making framework, and offer advice and challenge to the RSC to inform those decisions.

Where an RSC wishes to make a decision that is not in line with the advice of its HTB, the decision must be escalated to the National Schools Commissioner and DfE ministers.

Membership, draft meeting agendas and meeting notes

Headteacher boards:

  • are made up of up to 8 members – 4 elected by local academy headteachers, 2 appointed by the RSC and 2 are co-opted with the agreement of DfE ministers. All HTB members have equal status. Members of HTBs tend to be former academy headteachers, CEOs of multi-academy trusts and/or business leaders, playing a non-executive role

  • are not representative bodies and do not include headteachers of local authority maintained schools

  • meet once, or sometimes twice, a month depending on the business needs of the RSC region. A schedule of HTB meetings for financial year 2018 to 2019 is available. The types of information and data that HTBs consider before each meeting (such as school finance information, governance personnel and structures, performance data) can be viewed in the blank HTB meeting preparation templates

  • meeting notes are published once key stakeholders (schools, trusts, individuals) have been informed of the RSC’s decisions and have had the opportunity to respond

  • publish membership lists, draft agendas (subject to change) and meeting notes

A complete guide to HTB membership is available in the HTB terms of reference. Details on how to make a complaint is available at Complain about an RSC’s decision.

Conflicts of interest

Any personal or business interest within the last 5 years which may, or may be seen as, influencing an HTB member’s judgement in performing their role must be registered.

When conflicts are registered, HTB members are excused from those agenda items, and will not receive relevant papers.

Further details and the register of interest are available at Register of Interest.


  1. East of England and north-east London headteacher board
  2. East Midlands and the Humber headteacher board
  3. Lancashire and west Yorkshire headteacher board
  4. North of England headteacher board
  5. North-west London and south-central England headteacher board
  6. South-East England and south London headteacher board
  7. South-West England headteacher board
  8. West Midlands headteacher board
Published 6 November 2018