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It is a good time to be a governor ...

27 May 2014

Two recent sets of survey results are providing a strong indication that being a school governor is an increasingly difficult and challenging role. The Key survey suggests that close to 75% of governors feel undervalued and over 60% state that governorship is unattractive to volunteers. One in three governors spend at least one week a month on governing body activities. A recent survey by the National Governance Association also highlighted that 60% of respondents found the role challenging but that 75% enjoyed it. The NGA highlighted the latter figure with anecdotal evidence that more volunteers were coming forward to become governors.

The surveys agree on the challenging role that governors face and the commitment required from them. It has never been about just eating cake and drinking sherry – the volunteers chose school governance to make a difference to the prospects of the next generation by improving local schools by supporting leaders or holding them to account. This is a vital role which increasingly is being recognised.

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