Launch of new survey into state of school governance


What is the current state of school governance in English schools?

Today, the National Governors’ Association, in partnership with the University of Bath and the charity, the Education and Employers Taskforce, launch a survey into the current the state of school governance. The survey can be found here.
Professor Chris James of the University of Bath, said “It is six years since the University of Bath was last involved in a survey of this kind, when over 5000 school governors took part*. Since then, there have been a number of changes to the educational landscape; many of which have affected the important work that school governors undertake”.
Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association, said “This survey is very important because the results will directly inform NGA’s work to support governing bodies to improve. In particular, we want to know more about the amount of time governors are spending on governance and how they are using it. This is an issue NGA is keen to clarify as governors tell us they are giving increasing amounts of time and such levels of commitment may well deter volunteers with full-time employment and other responsibilities.”
Nick Chambers, Director of the charity, the Education and Employers Taskforce, said “With schools becoming increasingly autonomous the role of the governing body becomes ever more important. I would encourage all serving school governors to complete this survey to give us an accurate a picture as possible of the current state of school governance in England”
A report of the survey findings will be published in the 15th May 2014 to coincide with a new alliance to support and promote school governance being announced that day.
To take part, click here. (A new window will open).
The survey closes Monday 14 April 2014.

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Notes for editors:
The National Governors’ Association is an independent charity representing school governors from maintained schools and academies across England.  Its aim is to improve the well-being of children and young people by promoting high standards in all our schools, and improving the effectiveness of their governing bodies. We do this by providing information, training and advice to governors and ensuring the voices of governors are heard.

Chris James is the Professor of Educational Leadership and Management in the Department of Education at the University of Bath. His main research interests are in the leadership and management in schools and colleges, the affective aspects of educational organisations, collaborative working in educational settings and school governing and governance.
The Education and Employers Taskforce runs the free, national, Inspiring the Future scheme. The Charity was launched in October 2009. Its aim is to ensure that every school and college has effective partnerships with employers which provide young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential and so secure our national prosperity. For details see:

*Findings of the study by the University of Bath in 2008 can be found here: