• 5 cost-free ways to improve school governance

    A few things Damian Hinds could do to improve education governance that would cost him nothing, as suggested by Martin Matthews Every time we get a new secretary of state for education we begin another round of competition: the various educational interests vying for attention, each trying to shove their pet issue higher up the

    5.00 Mar. 5th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Challenge: How governors can challenge school leaders effectively, by David Marriott

    How can governors challenge school leaders effectively? That’s a mighty difficult question to answer in such a short book. Challenge is one of those ethereal aspects of governance: you know it when you see it. As the author says: “Going beyond paying lip service to ’challenge’ is this book’s key focus.” As a national leader

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2018 | Reviews

  • School governance: 12 things you should know about 2017

    There has been plenty to consider for school governors in 2017. Naureen Khalid walks us through the year’s highlights (and the lowlights!) Another year has flown by and it’s time to review 2017. As Christmas is almost upon us, I’ve looked back at twelve things which stood out for me. So, in no particular order:

    5.00 Dec. 22nd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Network exclusively for black governors launched

    A new network will help black African and Caribbean governors in an attempt to increase the diversity of school governing boards. The National Black Governors Network will pair black professionals interested in becoming governors with schools who are looking to diversify their governing boards via the network’s website. The NBGN was set up by Sharon

    16.00 Nov. 4th, 2017 | Politics

  • Governors and trustees need to listen more. It's that simple.

    Emma Knights explores the latest thinking in school governance Like a number of binary debates in English education, the discussion on skills and stakeholders that school governance has been bogged down in for the past five years is sterile, limited and sometimes even immature. Can we please just agree that we all want skilled, competent

    5.00 Sep. 25th, 2017 | Opinion

  • How to improve academy trust governance

    Too many multi-academy trusts are struggling under poor governance at trust level, says Michael Pain, but Forum Education has some suggestions for improvement Ask most academy trust leaders about the most fundamental challenge for the multi-academy trust system and they will tell you about the massively varying quality of governance. So while some MATs are

    5.00 Sep. 11th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Sussex governors' strike threat is "innovative governance"

    There are three types of governance, says Andrew Clapham. So where do the governors in West Sussex who are threatening strike action fit in? A school governor has an important job that takes skill and commitment – and is time-consuming and unpaid. Major concerns regarding school governance have been raised recently, such as in the

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Governors in West Sussex plan strike over school funding

    Plans for the first “strike” of school governors have prompted a warning about the morale of volunteers who are being forced to make school staff redundant as budgets tighten. Governors in West Sussex have written to MPs threatening to stop signing off budgets and carrying out supervisory work in protest over a growing school funding

    14.53 Feb. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Governor's review 2016: Where does power really lie in multi-academy trusts?

    This year has brought some much-needed clarity to the issue of multi-academy trust governance, says Naureen Khalid, as well as some  more predictable back-and-forth on parent governors, governor pay and mandatory training. This was the year when one of the multi-academy trusts, E-Act, took the step of renaming its local governing bodies (LGBs) somewhat more

    5.00 Dec. 19th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Ofsted to scrutinise governors' commitment after report found many lack expertise to challenge heads

    Ofsted will keep tabs on governors not committed to their roles after the watchdog found many lack the expertise to hold school leaders to account. The watchdog published its ‘improving governance’ study today that claimed governors pay little attention to pupils’ outcomes, as well as not knowing their own roles and responsibilities. The watchdog concluded

    12.03 Dec. 15th, 2016 | News

  • School governance: 3 key issues right now

    Emma Knights, chief executive of the National Governors Association, outlines three big issues with school governance raised at the Festival of Education. The discussions on governance at the festival very much confirmed others across the country and in Westminster since my Schools Week column last term, but three things particularly struck me. First, how little

    5.00 Jul. 4th, 2016 | Opinion