Governance premium: so what do governors think?

SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY AND STAKEHOLDER EDUCATION (SASE)

In a previous blog post I put forward a proposal for a governor premium, or what might be better described as a governance premium (thanks to Ian Jones). The rationale for this proposal is pretty straightforward: local geography shapes schools, shapes school cultures, shapes the quality and responsiveness of local authority support and intervention, shapes the composition and effectiveness of school governing bodies, and shapes local community engagement. Geographical variability produces different outcomes for different schools.

This is true in the case of school governing bodies, especially free standing schools not linked to any formalized partnership or trust (preferably one legally bound) which shares resources (including the potential to share school governors) and good practice. Schools situated in areas of high social and economic deprivation, for example, are more likely to struggle to recruit school governors, or at least those school governors with hard skills in finance, legal, risk…

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