The need for better public understanding of governance, the importance of local expertise and the value of the participative spirit of governance are amongst the key findings in a new report on the future of school governance. The scoping report ‘Who Governs Our Schools? Trends, Tensions and Opportunities', authored by Dr. Tony Breslin FRSA and published by the RSA, also offers 30 recommendations to policymakers across six themes:

  • Purpose and Participation
  • Induction and Development
  • Landscape and Policy
  • Stakeholders and Experts
  • Leadership and Autonomy
  • Collaboration and Partnership

Launched at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Education Governance and Leadership, of which NGA is the secretariat, the report makes recommendations that include a cross-sector commission on governance; a need for policymakers to acknowledge the current variety of governance arrangements; and asserting the importance of parents and staff to the governance process.

Dr. Breslin also wrote about the report in the July/August edition of Governing Matters.

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