In my LA it is policy to encourage GBs to federate with other schools when a Head resigns. This policy is available online but isn't widely known about and so only the most suspicious of staff/parents are aware of it. As our Head is leaving in the summer I am concerned that the policy to encourage federations will be forced upon the school and have reason to believe that the LA has already started this process. Unfortunately I also have reason to believe that the LA have an Executive Head (of a local federation) in mind for this role and are unlikely to take 'no' without a fight as this Head has already 'got' two primaries and is on the GB of another primary opening soon and of the secondary school - there will be no local schools not governed by this individual which feels uncomfortable at best. My question is this, assuming that this process has already started, is there anything to prevent the GB from discussing with the staff and parents the possibility of being federated? It seems unreasonable to expect a GB to make a decision for/against federation without knowing the feeling of the school community. My feeling is that, if federation is such a positive move for the school the LA should be encouraging open discussion of it as a possibility but by not doing so it raises questions that may well have unsettling answers.