Academy snubs call for parent governors

The BBC is reporting that an academy chain which has already scrapped all its parent governors, says it has no intention of reinstating them, despite the education secretary saying schools should have them.

Justine Greening told MPs on Wednesday that she was ditching plans to allow academy chains to operate without any parent governors.

She said academy chains should not think they did not need them.

But the E-Act chain says it has no plans to return to parent governors.

E-Act, which operates 23 schools across England, has already scrapped all its parent governors in schools.

These were replaced by parent “ambassadors” who do not have the powers of scrutiny held by governors.

E-Act said that the current arrangements improved “parental involvement” in their schools and that there were no plans to reintroduce parent governor roles that were removed earlier this year.

More at: Academy rejects call for parent governors

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  1. Alan Sullivan

    This is tantamount to arrogance from E-Act that also seeks to belittle the significant role that parents can perform in terms of supporting school reputation and ambition to move continually forwards by way of quality of services.

    It also suggests that E-Act has something to hide, confining itself increasingly away from outside parental circles.

  2. gov2

    One of the main implicit features of academies is to exclude parents as much as possible.  Academies exist to make money their owners and senior staff not to fuss about what is good for students or what their parents want.

  3. @Alan Sullivan This was the chain, remember, which was slated for operating in a culture of extravagance. It says it’s cleaned up it’s act but still appears to be operating in a culture of arrogance.

  4. DisIdealist

    g56g “We don’t want people who actually care about the schools getting a look at what we’re doing with the budgets!”

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