Commons Education Select Committee release report


Today, the Commons Education Select Committee published their report The Role of School Governing BodiesThe main recommendations from the report are:

  • Governors should not be paid, except in certain circumstances such as when governors deploy their skills to improve governance in other schools.

  • The DfE should require schools to offer new governors induction training.

  • The DfE should work with the NGA to develop a version of the Governors’ Handbook which contains detailed guidance aimed at clerks and experienced governors.

  • Governing bodies should be encouraged to participate in peer-to-peer governance reviews and to undertake self-assessment and skills audits

  • The DfE should act upon the findings of the NGA and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) project exploring the professionalisation of the clerk’s role.

  • The DfE and Ofsted should do more to tackle underperforming governing bodies.

  • Based on the NGA’s concern that it will be difficult to recruit enough excellent governors to ensure every school has an effective governing body, the DfE should study the effectiveness of governing bodies leading groups of schools, namely federations and multi-academy trusts. 

The NGA welcomes the report, which chimes with many of the NGA’s views and evidence to the Committee. View NGA's official response here.