University Partner Networking event – getting more universities involved in governance

Running a governor network in universities benefits university staff, alumni, schools, and the wider community. Our recent University Partner Networking event saw outreach and widening participation leaders from London and the Home Counties come together to learn how to run a successful governor network, both for their university staff and…

Governor Stories Press Release

Governors for Schools launches digital campaign ‘Governor Stories’ to encourage diversity on school governing boards and drive school governor recruitment across England Governor Stories, Governors for Schools’ latest digital campaign, features real volunteers talking about their experiences as school governors The campaign aims to break down the stereotypes of…

Engage, Enable, Enrich

Heart of the City, an organisation which supports business to set up responsible business activities, invited our CEO Louise Cooper to explain the benefits of volunteering for businesses and employees. In an article on their website, she shares the story of one volunteer, and explains why other businesses should introduce…

How can we tackle the governor recruitment challenge?

In an article in SecEd, CEO Louise Cooper sets out how Governors for Schools is tackling the governor recruitment challenge According to a TES/National Governors’ Association Annual Governor Survey in 2017, one in three governing boards have two or more vacancies. Louise explains how Governors for Schools is promoting the…

‘Flexi-governors’ key to tackling governor shortages, says CEO Louise Cooper

Governors attending board meetings by video call will help schools access vital skills In an article featured in The Telegraph, Governors for Schools CEO Louise Cooper said that schools should accept governor attendance by video call, to help tackle dwindling numbers of volunteers in more remote areas. A report last…

Education Executive: CEO Louise Cooper discusses the skills governing boards need

In an article featured in Education Executive, CEO Louise Cooper reveals which skills were most sought by governing boards over the past financial year. The top three skills desired by schools were finance (41%) followed by education (33%) and HR (30%). Demand for premises management and procurement also grew.

Driving School Improvement: new eLearning launched in conjunction with Allen & Overy

Leading law firm Allen and Overy has united with school governor recruitment charity Governors for Schools to develop free online governance training aimed at professional recruits.  The new eLearning module, Driving School Improvement, sets out the critical role that effective school governance plays in bringing about excellent schools, and…

CEO Louise Cooper on BBC Radio Leicester calling 5000+ volunteers to action!

Governors for Schools is looking to engage 5000+ volunteers this year. Here, CEO Louise Cooper speaks to Jo Hayward from BBC Radio Leicester on the breakfast show about the need for more volunteers to step forward and offer their services to schools all across England. Learn about the role, hear…

More maintained secondary schools go into the red

The number of local authority maintained secondary schools in deficit has risen to 26.1%, up from 8.8% three years ago. Schools in the south west were most affected, where 34.9% of schools were in deficit last academic year. The east of England had the lowest proportion of secondaries in deficit,…

Increase in numbers taking holidays during term time

Statistics released by the Department for Education show that there has been a rise in the number of pupils taken out of school to go on holiday. The overall unauthorised absence rate – pupils missing lessons for any reason without permission – rose from 1.1% to 1.3% between 2015-16 and…

Justine Greening, ex-education secretary, resigns

Justine Greening, ex-education secretary, has resigned from the government after refusing a job as work and pensions secretary in Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. Read more here.

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