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Our governors need stability to do their jobs

The results of an NGA-Tes survey reveals school volunteers’ concerns about time commitments, teachers and reduced funding, finds Emma Knights

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We are once again stepping up to fill a gap in official national data. For six consecutive years, the National Governance Association (NGA) has been running a survey of school governors and trustees in partnership with Tes, and for the last three years, we have had more than 5,000 respondents.

Governors are an extraordinary bunch. A volunteer army of 300,000, giving up their time to act as the guardians of state schools.

And yet their role is undervalued, underloved and under-resourced. But what we see in the NGA-Tes survey 2017 is a picture of a group of people who know a huge amount about ...

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