Eleanor Busby & Richard Vaughan

The fear of job cuts keeps governors awake at night

Funding pressures, recruitment issues and dwindling options for pupils are among their concerns

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As school and academy trust autonomy has increased in England, school governors and trustees have become ever-more important players in the education system.

The annual TES and National Governors’ Association (NGA) survey of school governors – run since 2012 – provides valuable insight into what they are thinking.

Emma Knights, NGA chief executive, said: “There is no other national source of extensive or reliable information about those holding our schools to account.”

This year’s survey, carried out in the summer, elicited a huge response, with more than 5,000 school governors in England ...

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