Read our blogs discussing a number of issues surrounding the topic of inclusion, equity, and equality.
Our Campaign for 2023/24
We know inclusivity is at the forefront of many minds within the education and governance landscapes. However, school boards often struggle to recruit a diverse range of volunteers. To tackle this challenge, we’re launching a year-long campaign – ‘Inclusive Governance’ – to encourage a wider pool of volunteers to take up all-important governing roles.
As you may know, platforming new voices is a significant challenge, with 77% of boards reporting difficulties recruiting new governors and trustees. According to a recent governor survey from GovernorHub, only 4% of respondents were aged 34 or under, with a considerable 32% aged 65 or over. At the same time, only 8% of governors and trustees surveyed were from an ethnic minority background. Including a wide range of voices in board meetings is a great way to nurture robust debate and ensure the needs of all sections of the school community are well represented. As such, we’ll be releasing a wide range of engaging resources throughout the year to showcase how people from many different backgrounds can get involved with governance and make a difference in their communities.
What to expect
The Inclusive Governance campaign will run throughout the 2023/24 academic year and will encourage prospective and current governors to consider their strategic role in helping nurture a more inclusive education system and governance landscape. We’ll be releasing a range of initiatives and resources designed to help governors showcase diversity within their networks. Each term will focus on a different theme and we’ll be working with other charities and organisations who will provide meaningful insight into the topic of inclusion. Read our campaign launch article to find out more.