An analysis of the role and responsibilities of chairs of further education college and sixth-form college governing bodies in England

Ron Hill, Chris James

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Abstract

This article reports research into the role and responsibilities of the chairs of governing bodies of further education (FE) colleges and sixth-form colleges in England. FE colleges and sixth-form colleges represent a significant part of post-16 educational provision in the England. Every college in the sector has a governing body which has a chair elected from and by the governing body’s membership. Sixteen chairs from FE and sixth-form colleges in England were interviewed and data themes identified. The chair’s role and responsibilities reflect those of chairs in non-FE/sixth-form college settings; a range of expertise is required but detailed educational knowledge is a not a priority in the requisite skill-set; chairs consider they bring a range of high level values and commitments to the role; chairs’ participation in role-specific training and development was not a strong theme; the responsibility of being the chair is substantial and complex; high quality chair-principal relationships are crucial and complex; the governing body clerk has a significant role in relation to the chair, the principal and college governance generally; and the role and the responsibilities of chairs and the way they are specified locally by their governing bodies have significant implications for FE and sixth-form governance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-76
Number of pages20
JournalEducational Management Administration and Leadership
Volume45
Issue number1
Early online date14 Aug 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Further education
  • Sixth-form colleges
  • Governing
  • Governance
  • Governing body
  • Chair of the governing body
  • Board of governors

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