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6 January 2014

Reports from SGOSS indicate that one in ten of school governor positions in England is currently vacant and this rises to one in four in some rural and deprived areas. Whilst the report does not highlight reasons for the vacancies, other studies show a level of uncertainty around the role of a school governor with the majority of people being unaware that governors have a key strategic role in running the school and appoint the headteacher, decide the school budget and admissions policy for the school.

Given a national picture of greater autonomy for schools and greater responsibilities being placed on governing bodies, it is worrying that there are gaps in school governance. Efforts to increase the number of governors must take place with a wider awareness campaign around school governance and, importantly, appropriate support and training being available to new governors to ensure that they have the right mixture of skills to fully undertake their role and ensure that the school continues to improve and meet the needs of the local community.

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