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Today, the Commons Education Select Committee published their report The Role of School Governing Bodies. The 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.