School governors to be named on national database

The BBC is reporting that the government has confirmed a national database of school governors in England is going to be created…

Until now there has been no central register of who is serving as a school governor.

The announcement is a response to the Trojan Horse claims about schools in Birmingham being taken over by groups with a hardline Muslim agenda…

Among the problems identified by the Trojan Horse inquiries was that governors had been interfering in the running of schools and had undermined head teachers.

There were calls for more oversight of governors, but as the BBC revealed in February, the Department for Education did not have a register to check who was serving on governing bodies

But in the government’s response to the Trojan Horse report, which argued that MPs had downplayed the seriousness of the problems in Birmingham, there are now plans to gather information about governors.

“We will create a national database of school governors by toughening up requirements on schools to publish the identities of their governors,” says the education department.

The details of governors published by schools should also include “details of where they serve on governing bodies of schools elsewhere”.

This will help “enable more effective oversight,” says the Department for Education’s response…

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The article also reports there are about 350,000 governors in the country and points out they play a significant role in overseeing £46bn of school spending.

This database has been on the cards for a while now and this looks like confirmation that it is going to happen.

Is it a significant and welcome development? Please let us know why/why not…

 

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Comments

  1. TW

    The government wants to control governors and not let them intervene in school activities except when it wants them to intervene and take responsibility depending upon which day of the week it is.

  2. SelveyAlison

    SchoolsImprove shame sponsors like EACT can remove governors at a whim if they dare to challenge the sponsor! #dfe

  3. LearntSchool

    SelveyAlison SchoolsImprove Wow, um, so a voluntary database would be great, for networking. Just need a governor to start it.

  4. wasateacher

    Will this include governors of academies and ‘free’ schools?  Will it also include trustees of academy trusts?  If it doesn’t include both, it will be pointless.

  5. wasateacher

    Will this include governors of academies and ‘free’ schools?  Will it also include trustees of academy trusts?  If it doesn’t include both, it will be pointless.

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