IPR Policy Brief - The State of School Governing in England 2014

Chris James, Janet Goodall

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School governors play a vital role in the UK education system. However, research by the University of Bath Department of Education shows that schools often struggle to recruit governors with the necessary backgrounds and skillsets. This difficulty in recruiting is particularly apparent for schools in disadvantaged areas, which are most in need of effective governance.

Initial research which began in 2008, and culminated in the report Governing our Schools, found that governors who brought with them experience from paid employment commonly made a significant contribution to school governing, and that the skills which made school governing bodies effective could be found in workplaces across the country. Since then, there have been a number of changes to education policy that affect school governing and raise its profile; revitalising the importance of research in this area.

In early 2014, University of Bath researchers from the Department of Education, in conjunction with the National Governors Association (NGA), conducted a national survey of governors with a focus on governor recruitment, retention and effectiveness. The findings provide valuable insight into the contribution of school governing bodies and identify key areas in which improvements can benefit the UK education system as a whole.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Bath
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014


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