This topic was last debated fully by NGA and others in 2015, and at that time the governance community was clearly on the side of not paying school governors and academy trustees. But a lot has changed since then, and NGA members are now divided on whether remuneration should be considered.
NGA has always been an advocate of the voluntary principle, but the possibility of payment was one of the few suggestions for change which came from our exploration of governance workload. With recruitment and retention of volunteers becoming even more challenging, is there a risk that governance may become unsustainable? The time is now right to listen to all sides of this proposition: if you want to be part of shaping the future of school and trust governance, please do join us to listen and participate in this important debate.”