Amateur governance? We keep you balanced

24th June 2011 at 01:00

We are disappointed that the stance of TES editor Gerard Kelly is to take potshots at school governors, to whip up fears and pander to discontents ("We've spent too much making governance local and not enough making it effective", 10 June).

The challenges facing governors are well-rehearsed and well-researched. Most recently, an Ofsted study of outstanding governing bodies found that in those schools, "headteachers provided high quality, accurate information ... focused on pupil achievement" and described "relationships based on trust, openness and transparency ... governors consistently ask for more information, explanation or clarification".

Giving your readers a better understanding of school governance will help them see governor questioning as robust challenge, not interference; the giving of voluntary time as commitment, not amateurishness; the lay perspective that they bring as enriching debate, not contributing the ignorance of busybodies.

We do not deny that there are some ineffective governing bodies and room for improvement in many more. The NCOGS (National Co-ordinators of Governor Services) manifesto published earlier this year points out the importance of training to ensure that governors understand their role and carry it out in ways which help headteachers lead their schools.

Bridget Sinclair, Governor support manager and NCOGS chair, Swindon.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now