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Jan
19

Championing diversity: good governance needs a range of voices

Friday, 19 January 2018, with 0 comments

This was the title of a blog I wrote eighteen months ago when we supported the pilot of the Young Governors Network, but it bears repeating. Tomorrow is the first anniversary conference of BAMEed, the network of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic educators, where they will be encouraging volunteering for governance. And this sort of push is absolutely needed: overall as a sector we really are not making progress with increasing ethnic diversity of those governing.

Jan
17

Developing governance, leading governance

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, with 0 comments

Thank you to Sir David Carter, the National Schools Commissioner, for highlighting the crucial role played by those who govern our schools. His article very much emphasises the importance of training and development. We couldn’t agree more, and we know the vast majority of governors and trustees do too. 

Dec
21

A time for taking stock: thank you for your contribution

Thursday, 21 December 2017, with 0 comments

There are all sorts of times for taking stock and the end of the year is definitely one as I review 2017 and prepare for NGA’s strategy day in January. And what has struck me is just how many people are contributing to the governance of schools.

Dec
07

Fewer governors, but harder to recruit? Help us to spread the word: challenging but rewarding

Thursday, 07 December 2017, with 0 comments

This term we have been trumpeting all sorts of the findings of our 2017 Annual Governance Survey – there is so much to say; the data is so rich.  But one issue you may not have noticed is that there are fewer people involved in governing England’s schools than previously.  Everyone quotes the numbers as 300,000, but we estimate there are now between 250 and 260,000 people governing our state schools.  That is still rather a lot!

Nov
17

Why being clear on the trustee role in academy trusts is key to success

Friday, 17 November 2017, with 0 comments

Trustees’ Week provides an annual platform to applaud the crucial work that trustees do while also emphasising exactly what the role is. In the charity sector, trustee is a familiar term, but although all those governing at board level in academies are charity trustees, the role is less familiar.  

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