In a keynote speech to the National Governance Association conference today (09.06.18), Hinds will call upon leading employers to “play their part in helping the next generation to thrive”. City AM reports.
The businesses will be asked to lend their expertise to fill the governor and trustee roles around the country, as currently 10 per cent of posts in schools around the country are empty.
Hinds will say: “How would we run our schools without this army of volunteers? I want to do everything I can to help boost governor recruitment and retention. Because, quite simply, we need more great people.”
The education secretary intends to double the current budget for the “army of volunteers” to £6bn up to 2021 to make training courses accessible.
Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors, said: “Good governance doesn’t just apply to business, it is also crucial to the way we run our schools. Indeed many of the skills acquired in corporate directorship roles are directly transferable to the education sector.”
The National Governance Association found that last year 250,000 people served on school governing boards, making it one of the largest volunteer groups in the country.
Emma Knights, chief executive of the National Governance Association, said: “Governing boards need skilled volunteers and a good mixture of perspectives and experience around the table in order to effectively support and challenge school leaders, making decisions in the interest of all pupils.”
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