England & Wales

Forgotten army of school governors are the right people to bring back rigour

I’ve blogged over on Conservative Home on the important role school governors could play in driving up standards:

School governors are at the heart of local democracy – there are about 310,000 governors in the country’s 23,000 schools. What is more, the best of them bring much-needed skills from the commercial sector and are not in the pay of the education system. At the moment, however, their powers are weak compared to those of headteachers and the Government. Like so many of our traditional institutions their hands are tied. Challenging this state of affairs would allow an incoming government, of whatever stripe, to give business minded people a greater role in education at no cost to the taxpayer (an important consideration given the parlous state of the public finances).