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Build-your-own governors?

23 June 2014

The disheartening outcome of UHY Hacker Young’s survey into the recruitment of governors will not come as a surprise to those involved with schools. The report found 20% of academy governors quit before the end of their four year term or decided not to stand again. This mirrors the National Governance Association’s findings that one in ten governor positions across the country remain vacant.

Hardly a day goes by without a headline criticising the governing body of a 'failing' school, creating further stress and pressure for existing governors as well as those thinking of stepping up to a position. The necessary expertise in governance, employment, admissions, HR, finance, estate management, education and exclusions law can seem overwhelming but some stress (and risk) can be relieved with a regular schedule of governor training. This avoids the prohibition on paying governors and gives the individual skills and knowledge which can be used beyond the school’s environs.

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