Education Select Committee: Governance Matters

Governing Matters

The Education Select Committee met on 9th April 2014 under the chairmanship of Graham Stuart to hear further evidence on academies and free schools. I have limited this blog to the first part of the day’s session. The witnesses who gave evidence during the first part were

  • Emma Knights; NGA
  • Lucy Heller; CEO, ARK
  • John Clarke; Deputy Director Children’s Services-Education and Inclusion, Hampshire County Council

I will be restricting myself to those parts of the proceedings which concern governance. However, it was quite amusing to note the silence in the room when Graham Stuart started the proceedings by asking about the single best thing about the academy programme!

Graham then wanted to know if the academy programme had perhaps moved too quickly. The consensus seemed to be yes, that it had. Emma went onto say that the pace had slowed down with DfE looking much more closely at academy…

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