Annual survey: initial findings released


Initial findings from a survey of nearly 6000 school governors, trustees and headteachers have been published today. The annual survey is run by the National Governors’ Association and the education magazine, TES.

We found that the majority of academies are not making use of the main freedoms available to them. Less than a third have changed the curriculum, and just a quarter have altered the length of terms or school days. Less than half take the opportunity to set their own pay and conditions for staff.

Gillian Allcroft, Policy Manager at the National Governors’ Association, told TES: “If you look at the reasons people give for becoming an academy, those freedoms aren’t necessarily among them,” adding that governors of individual schools in multi academy trusts often had “less authority and power” than governors of LA maintained schools.


More than a third of governors are finding it difficult to attract good candidates for senior staff post, and 38 per cent said their school struggled to attract good teachers.

More than one in four respondents said that their school had reduced its offer to pupils and 47.5 per cent said that they would need to cut spending on staff in the next two years. 

On Friday, National Governors’ Association Chief Executive, Emma Knights, spoke to the World at One on Radio 4 as part of a feature on headteacher recruitment. You can listen again here:

Further findings from the survey will be released here on Wednesday 29 July, in today’s TES and in the September/October edition of Governing Matters magazine.