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Since the release of the White Paper in March, NGA has stridently opposed the government’s intention to remove the current requirement for elected parent places on each academy board.
To that end, the National Governors’ Association, with support of partners, has launched a campaign to keep parents governing.
In March the government published the White Paper, Education Excellence Everywhere, containing an intention to change the rules surrounding parents in school governance.
NGA has produced a briefing on the contents of the White Paper for our members
The White Paper states: “we will no longer require academy trusts to reserve places for elected parents on governing boards”
NGA with Parent Councils UK and PTA-UK and others, encourage you to lobby your MP to Keep Parents Governing. We hope that the government will listen to the voice of governors, trustees and parents and drop its proposal.
Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governors' Association, said: “The government has simply got this one wrong. But we hope that Nicky Morgan and her Department can yet be persuaded by the arguments that we and many others are putting across in defence of elected parents on governing boards. You can help by lobbying your MP and getting them to back our campaign to Keep Parents Governing.”
Baroness Howe of Idlecote, President, National Governors' Association, said: “Elected parents represent a crucial element of effective governance in our schools. The elections themselves ensure that governing boards remain diverse as well as skilled. It is important for the government to recognise that parents have experience and knowledge that other governors and trustees from outside the school simply do not have and so we need to preserve this vital link.”
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Emma Williams, Executive Director, PTA UK, said: “There has been a strong reaction from parents against the prospect of Governing Boards no longer being required to include Parent Governors. Many parents perceive that Parent Governors are there to represent and make the school accountable to the wider parent community (our poll told us that 58% of parents believed this). While this is not strictly correct, parent perception is important. 93% of mums and dads have told us that schools need Parent Governors and that the role of Parent Governor makes them feel that they are important to the school and included in decisions on their child’s education.
"At PTA UK we believe that we need to go further to provide a robust accountability structure for parents in schools and are advocating for a Parent Association in every school to support this. However, in the meantime, let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.”
Fiona Carnie, Director, Parent Councils UK, said: "It is essential that the voice of parents is heard loud and clear in school decision making to ensure that schools are best able to meet the needs of their students. Parent governors have a crucial role to play and must be retained."
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The Guardian reports NGA’s stance: Without parent governors, schools face an uphill battle to engage families
Even before the White Paper, NGA backed places for parents on governing boards. See our submission to a Department for Education consultation in December 2015.
Last Updated: 16/06/2017, by Fay Holland