Launch of the Inspiring Governors Alliance

15/05/2014

Today, the Inspiring Governors Alliance will be launched by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.

The Alliance was set up to celebrate and promote the importance of high quality school and college governance. A wide range of organisations form the Alliance, including the Government (Department for Education and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills), those representing employers (such as the CBI and FSB); governors (such as the National Governors’ Association, NCOGS and SGOSS Governors for Schools and Colleges); professional bodies (such as the AoC, ASCL, CIPD and NAHT); and numerous private, public and third sector employers
 
The Inspiring Governors Alliance aims to inspire more skilled people to volunteer as governors; inspire more employers to think about the benefits of supporting their staff to be governors; and inspire more governing bodies to actively recruit governors for their skills. A new website has been created for potential volunteers, employers and governing bodies by the members of the Alliance: www.inspiringgovernors.org
 
At the launch, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is expected to say:
“We recognise the valuable contribution that governors make to our schools and colleges, and now their role is more vital than ever. The future of our school system is in their hands as they hold school and college leaders to account for improving performance and scrutinising finances. There has never been a more important time to be a governor.”
 
 
Lord  Nash, Under-Secretary of State for Schools has said: “Because it’s more important than ever, in our increasingly competitive world, that we do all we can to give our young people the opportunities they deserve. This means tackling underperformance head-on and encouraging all schools to emulate the very best.  As the people who appoint headteachers and hold them to account, you, as governors, have a vital part to play in driving this much-needed improvement and transforming our schools. Which is why it’s right that we should do more to attract more highly talented and committed governors. And why we should do more to support you to do a good job and aim higher - by which I mean, encouraging the creation of more dynamic ‘boards of governors’ as opposed to governing bodies”.
 
Emma Knights Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association will say at the event: “Governance, whether of the BBC, the Co-operative Bank or your local school, is very challenging, and only to be embarked on with your eyes wide open. The survey of school governors in England published today, the largest ever, reports that the majority of current volunteers have professional or management backgrounds.  They volunteer because they are committed to making a difference to their communities. Please join us at: www.inspiringgovernors.org.”
 
Coinciding with the launch, the Department for Education will today publish changes in the rules for governing bodies of local authority maintained schools which will require them to reconsider their membership and ensure they are recruiting people who bring relevant skills and experience to the table.
 
For those of you on twitter follow the hashtag #inspiringgovernors
 
To find out more about the Alliance, visit www.inspiringgovernors.org
 
To read more about The State of School Governing in England 2014 Click here.

Emma Knights talking about the Alliance on the Today programme.

To read more this on this BBC, click here

To read more about this from the TES, click here.    

Telegraph article: The challenge of being a governor

Telegraph article: Who'd be a school governor? Me, actually

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