I was recently part of two appointment panels in a secondary school, one to select a deputy head and one a teacher. A group of pupils met each and gave us their views. We were impressed by the maturity, perspicacity and balance of the 15 and 16-year-olds. Being committed adults, we welcomed and respected their views but gave them no more weight than those of the others who interviewed the candidates.
Stephen Adamson. Vice-chair, National Governors' Association, Birmingham