Breakaway forum gives governors a voice
The NGC has already been welcomed by such organisations as the Campaign for State Education and the governor trainers' network Action for Governors' Information and Training (AGIT), but its creation has led to a falling-out with the National Association of Governors and Managers (NAGM).
David Smith, chairman of AGIT, said he hoped the two organisations would work closely together with AGIT providing training and information for governors and NGC providing governors with a voice.
The NGC will be made up of representatives from local governors' associations and not, apart from in extraordinary circumstances, individual governing bodies or governors. These will be organised largely on a local authority basis. If grant-maintained schools are not admitted to local authority governors' associations, they can be represented by setting up their own association.
Walter Ulrich, spokesman for NAGM, said he did not believe the council was democratic and warned that it could compromise its independence if it relied too heavily on DFE funding: "If these people have criticisms of how NAGM works then it would have been better for them to join and try and change things rather than setting up a separate organisation."
Simon Goodenough said the council will conduct regular surveys of its members to discover the main concerns of governors. He said: "In my area of Devon we recently sent out a questionnaire on collective worship; in this way we can tell the Government what governors think. It will not be a lobbying group - we will merely report the view of the council."