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The school funding crisis is not about “little extras”

Friday, 02 November 2018, with 0 comments

In this context, it’s easy to see why the manner of the Chancellor’s reference to “little extras” has gone down badly. Like many others, NGA was less than impressed with the attempt to dismiss the very real concerns of governors, trustees, parents, teachers and school leaders in this way. The cross-party Public Accounts Committee has described the announcement as an “insult to pupils and parents”, while the National Education Union said that it reveals “the depth of his ignorance on school funding” and the Association of School and College Leaders said that it demonstrates “a complete misunderstanding of the prevailing funding pressures”.


Raising the 16-19 Rate: A sector wide issue

Thursday, 25 October 2018, with 0 comments

In this blog Tom explains why the National Governance Association (NGA) is joining the Raise the Rate campaign to increase 16-19 funding, organised by the Sixth Form Colleges Association, and why this is an important issue for all governors and trustees across the country.



Women in school governance

Saturday, 06 October 2018, with 2 comments

Even though women dominate the workforce across all sectors of education there still remain gender inequalities, particularly at senior leadership level. Since its inception I’ve been wanting to join #WomenEd to listen to and learn from candidates’ experiences of being interviewed by governing boards, and if they’d have me to talk about women in school governance.


Taking the temperature of the school governance world

Thursday, 27 September 2018, with 0 comments

NGA and Tes have been carrying out a joint survey on all things school governance since 2011 and it has been my privilege to lead on this for the past two years. Over five thousand governors, trustees and academy committee members took the time to respond to this year’s survey and our thanks go out to each of them.


Accountability, oversight and support: Big data gives us the start of the conversation, not the end

Friday, 14 September 2018, with 0 comments

Big data gives us the start of the conversation, not the end; I remember when progress 8 replaced 5 A-C’s everyone welcomed it as an improvement. But a few years on, its shortcomings are now becoming obvious. It is providing an excuse to narrow options and is more difficult to achieve in disadvantaged areas. Every alternative had other downsides – and so we came to the conclusion neatly summarised by the adage “when a measure becomes a target it ceases to be a good measure”. 

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