logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

your school needs you!

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.

related opinions

Home Office Central Registry for modern slavery statement goes live - first universities publish statements

The Home Office recently launched a central registry for modern slavery statements. A growing number of educational organisations, including a number of universities, have published statements on the registry.

View blog

Allegations of abuse in schools, colleges and universities

The website “Everyone’s Invited” is a movement which is “committed to eradicating rape culture” and describes “rape culture” as “all the ways that different forms of aggressive and violent sexual behaviour are normalised, encouraged and even admired by society”. Find out more.

View blog

Lateral flow daily contact testing paused

Following last week’s Guardian article about the concerns over lateral flow daily testing for those identified as having been a close contact of a person testing positive for Covid-19, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace (NHSTT) have published a position statement to recommend that daily contact testing in schools will be paused.

View blog

The lateral flow testing of university students

Guidance for students returning to, and starting higher education, in spring term 2021 requires universities to set a clear expectation that all students should access Covid-19 testing on their return to university.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up