Results of the NGA TES Survey published


The results of the annual NGA/TES survey of school governors have been published. A record 2400 governors responded to the survey over two weeks in July.

The proportion of respondents who are academy governors has risen by ten percentage points to make up a quarter of respondents. Of these, 35% thought that becoming an academy had improved educational standards, with another 35% saying it hadn’t. More academy governing bodies seem to be making use of the flexibilities given to academies to alter teachers’ pay and conditions – 21% had done so this year compared with 4% last year. This still represents a small proportion of academy governing bodies, but as one respondent commented: “The freedoms given to academies will take time to be introduced but will eventually help”.
Just over half of respondents supported performance related pay, but a third said they didn’t think it would improve pupils’ attainment.  Only 61% said they’d amended their pay policy as required for September. This should be done before teachers’ objectives are set – NGA members can go to the Staffing section of the members’ area for guidance on this.
An encouraging 80% of governors reported using a skills audit, with the vast majority saying they found it helpful. In comparison, less than half of respondents said they’d carried out a governance review this year and only 8% of respondents said they’d carried out performance management of governors by the chair or a third party. Of those who have carried out a governance review, 81% said it had made a difference. NGA now offers a consultancy and training service – available to all governing bodies in England – which includes governance reviews.

Members can read more about the survey results in this Governing Matters article.