• Chairs of governors at odds with boards over workload

    The organisation that represents school governors has warned of a “disconnect” on workload between chairs and their boards. A survey by the National Governance Association found that while 81 per cent of chairs believed their school was effectively addressing the issue, just 49 per cent of staff governors and 61 per cent of other governors

    10.20 Sep. 11th, 2020 | News

  • Widen eligibility criteria for NLGs and pay them, says government advisory group

    The government should widen the eligibility criteria for national leaders of governance to include clerks and other non-chairs, and should pay them for their time, an advisory group has said. The Department for Education has today published the recommendations of its NLG advisory group, which was formed earlier this year to discuss reforms to the

    15.22 Sep. 9th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: School governors told to meet over Skype

    School governors should adopt “alternative arrangements” for their meetings now that non-essential gatherings are banned, the government has said. The Department for Education has issued new guidance for governors, which states that governing bodies and boards of trustees should “adopt alternative arrangements, for example by using video or teleconferencing applications”. “These may include but are

    18.09 Mar. 25th, 2020 | News

  • MAT chairs work more than double recommended hours, study finds

    Chairs of trustees work the equivalent of a fifth of a full-time job running academy trusts, a new study has found, raising concerns over whether the workload is sustainable. A survey by the National Governance Association found the average trust chair works 49.6 days a year – the equivalent to 21.4 per cent of what

    0.01 Apr. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Make ministers sign off top academy CEO pay, say governors

    The academies sector should consider adopting an NHS-style pay system where government approval is needed to award high salaries to bosses, according to the National Governance Association. New guidance from the NGA said the sector should “have a debate” about whether it should follow the system of NHS trusts, where those wishing to pay more

    7.00 Jan. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Governors 'must have mandatory pre-appointment training'

    Governors should be required to have “pre-appointment training” before they sit on school boards, paid for by the government, so they’re not forced to learn on the job. New board members sometimes take up to 12 months before they can be effective due to a total absence of training, Jo Penn, a national leader of

    16.00 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • Schools need more protection against vexatious complaints

    There may not be many of them, but one or two unreasonable parents can make running a school very tough indeed, writes Russell Holland As an education lawyer, I see it as my job to help schools get on with the most important job,  teaching children, by making legal issues as simple as possible to

    5.00 May. 28th, 2018 | Opinion