• Year in review: a governor’s perspective on 2015

    Governors have been in the headlines this year. Compulsory training, paid chairs and vice-chairs, and no more stakeholders have all been mooted. But what will work – and why? School governance now attracts the interest it deserves with both education secretary Nicky Morgan and Ofsted bringing aspects of it to the fore. There has been an increased

    6.00 Dec. 21st, 2015 | Opinion

  • Improving School Governance: How better governors make better schools

    Schools are complex places, as is the process of governing them. Potential recruits to governance often find the workload and responsibility daunting, leaving many boards lacking the people and skills they need to fulfil their responsibilities. Any resource that can aid governors has to be welcomed. This book is just that! You can dip in

    19.00 Dec. 6th, 2015 | Reviews

  • Key questions for multi-academy trust boards

    About one in five state funded schools in England is now an academy, and more than half of those are governed by one board of trustees in a multi-academy trust (MAT). The number – and proportion – of academies within a formal group is growing as governing boards realise the risks of remaining isolated, particularly

    19.00 Mar. 29th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Federations should not be swept under the MAT

    Multi-academy trusts are on everybody’s lips, but don’t dismiss the federation option In an era of increasing school autonomy and declining local authority capacity, the need for schools to work collaboratively is greater than ever. There are a variety of ways schools can do this, from loose partnerships to more formal arrangements involving shared governance

    7.30 Sep. 28th, 2014 | Opinion