Call for universities to help recruit school governors after successful trial

The TES is reporting that a charity has suggested universities should play a greater role in helping schools find high-quality school governors after a two-year project saw a five-fold increase in the number of volunteers joining governing bodies…

Education charity SGOSS – Governors for Schools is calling for more universities to work with schools following a successful partnership with the University of Manchester that increased the institution’s network of volunteer school governors from 50 to 250 in two years.

Earlier this year, a report by the National Governors’ Association highlighted recruitment as one of the biggest problems facing governing bodies, stating that: “Governing bodies need a larger pool of willing citizens who are ready to become governors.”

…a recent survey by The Key, the online support service for school leaders, revealed that almost two-thirds of governors believe the role is unattractive to volunteers, with “high expectations” and a “lack of recognition” cited as the main reasons behind the turn off.

Three-quarters (74 per cent) said they did not believe governors get adequate recognition from the government, with just a little over a third (37 per cent) saying their employer provides them with additional benefits as a governor.

But according to SGOSS, universities can help counteract these concerns by hosting networking events, delivering presentations and raising awareness of the role through their vast number of connections, including academic staff, it said.

“One of the most requested skills we receive from schools for new school governors is experience in education. Therefore universities, who have a large network of students, staff and alumni can bring huge value to schools through governance,” Janet Scott, SGOSS’ interim chief executive, said…

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  1. CharlotteSISRA

    Strikes me that those who want recognition for doing the role should probably stay away from governance.

  2. TW

    On the other hand there are plenty of tales of governing bodies being so packed with people ‘with experience in education’ that it becomes a staff fan club and makes it impossible to hold headteacher’s to account.

    Not that the hopeless NGA would know.

  3. Grandslam77

    SchoolsImprove I am a school governor as are a number of my PGCE colleagues BathSpaUni ITE School of Education

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