Governors and trustees adapted rapidly to the short-term challenges posed by COVID-19 and are prepared for an uncertain long-term recovery, according to new research.

‘Governing in unprecedented times’, a joint small-scale qualitative study from Ofsted and the National Governance Association (NGA), explores the views of governors and trustees during the time when schools were closed to most pupils. It looks at how those governing responded to COVID-19, as well as the longer-term challenges they face as all pupils return to school.

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Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, said: “Strong governance is good for schools and their pupils. The challenge and support that governors and trustees bring will no doubt be even more crucial as schools reopen to all pupils. Children have missed out on a great deal in recent months. Every part of the system must play its part in making the return to school a success.”

Emma Knights, chief executive, National Governance Association said: “Governing boards have adapted remarkably well to governing remotely, keeping on top of essential business and responding to a fast-changing landscape. They have been ensuring that senior leaders have robust plans in place to enable the successful further opening of schools while supporting the wellbeing of those executive leaders. Over the coming weeks and months, governors and trustees will be taking great care to understand the impact of partial school closures on all pupils, especially the most disadvantaged, and make sure that resources are used in the best way to enable pupils to recover as quickly as possible.”

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