‘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.

New Year Honours list 2018: Department for Education

130 people have been recognised for their services to education and driving forward social mobility in the 2018 New Year Honours list. Recipients recognised in the New Year Honours 2018 list have all been chosen for their outstanding contributions to society, in particular their work to give every child, whatever…

School governance: 12 things you should know about 2017

There has been plenty to consider for school governors in 2017. Naureen Khalid walks us through the year’s highlights (and the lowlights!) Another year has flown by and it’s time to review 2017. As Christmas is almost upon us, I’ve looked back at twelve things which stood out for me.

Born in the wrong place for good schools?

There is a widening geographical divide in access to high-performing schools in England, says a report from the Education Policy Institute. Between 2010 and 2015, London took an increasing share of the secondary schools where pupils were most likely to make good progress. But the report says areas in…

Careers Counsellor: The business case for becoming a school governor

I am five years PQE and think some governance experience would be good for me. My firm (mid-size City) is open to the idea of allowing me the flexibility to be a school governor, but I need to make the business case. Can you advise? Schools will benefit greatly from…

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