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Do we need a central record for governors?

11 February 2015

Reports from a teaching union have identified that the Department for Education does not hold a central record of all governors which it believes is a worrying gap in scrutiny given the recent Trojan Horse issues in Birmingham and also that governors are responsible for around £46 billion of expenditure in schools. The DfE does not believe a central record is required and feels that a local solution through publication of governor details on school websites alongside strengthening the DfE’s role in counter terrorism and due diligence processes is sufficient.

It is not clear what benefits the central record would bring to school governance without additional work being required to evaluate prospective governors before appointment. The National Governance Association believe a mandatory training programme for governors would be more beneficial to ensure schools had the right people with the right skills providing direction to the school. That would provide a firm basis on which to build towards better governance in all schools.

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