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Today, NGA is launching its new manifesto in preparation for next year’s general election. The NGA aims to raise the standard of governance to ensure an excellent education for every child in England. To this end, we are calling for:
Since our 2010 manifesto was published, the profile of school governance has been raised. Not only is it higher on the political agenda, it is more of a priority for professional school leaders, in part because of closer scrutiny of governance by Ofsted inspectors. However, we want to raise the profile even further, in part to encourage people to volunteer for this highly responsible role. We do still have some way to go before all communications from the Department for Education recognise and respect the role of the governing board.
On the morning of the launch of the Inspiring Governors Alliance last week, we predicted the contribution from the Secretary of State for Education; however Michael Gove chose to use words of his own which were widely reported in part and caused much comment from governors across England who felt that they unfairly characterised governing body practice. NGA has therefore today sent the attached letter to the Secretary of State to ask him to publicly correct the impression he may have inadvertently given.
The NGA Manifesto
Letter to the Secretary of State