An Interim Executive Board (IEB) is a governing body appointed for a temporary period in exceptional circumstances with the specific task of helping a school through any difficulties and ensuring that the school has the support it needs. This arrangement should be in place for about eighteen months and there are regulations covering the transition back to normal governance with a Shadow Governing Body (SGB) works alongside the IEB for the final six months. The IEB has three key roles:
- Providing strategic leadership to the school;
- Acting as a critical friend to the school's senior leadership team;
- Holding the headteacher and senior team to account and being accountable for the school's performance.