Messages were delivered from the Minister for the Schools System and Shadow Schools Minister to governors, trustees and governance professionals today (12 November) at the National Governance Association’s annual conference.
The Minister and Shadow minister shared their appreciation for those involved in school and trust governance, and NGA’s role in supporting and raising the issues facing governing boards and their schools and trusts.
Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under Secretary for the School System:
Stephen Morgan, Shadow Schools Minister:
“I want to pay tribute to the wonderful work you as governors do in driving up standards in all our schools, and delivering opportunities for our children, and supporting head teachers and school staff. You all bring such unique insight and expertise, as well as a crucial understanding of the communities that you serve. These are the insights that make the role of governors unique, and other reasons why you should always play a central role in the decisions about the schools that you serve. It makes all the difference in delivering a great education for our children. And I know just how passionately you care about improving the life chances of every child in your schools, but also know just how hard achieving that mission has been.
I’m very grateful for the support of the NGA gave to our announcement conference to deliver a breakfast club in every primary school in England. Many schools already run such provision. But this is about a universal offer. That ensures the opportunities presented at these clubs are available to every child and every family.
But I’m not complacent. We do not underestimate the scale of the challenge Labour will face in government. We won’t be able to deliver the kind of change that I know you all want to see right away. But I can promise you, that we will work with you and listen and engage to make our shared vision for education a reality for every child in our country.
Thank you and enjoy today’s conference.”
The messages were followed by the annual address by NGA's Chief Executive Emma Knights. Read the address.