Fair's fair: some ideas for a more just future

12th November 2010 at 00:00

National Governors Association chief executive Emma Knight is quite correct to say that greater autonomy for schools and a dismantling of at least some elements of the accountability agenda established by both of the last two governments will place more emphasis on governors ("Governors' limitations could see autonomy push 'lead to failure'", October 22).

But I am not sure we need to set off on a fruitless hunt for a new army of differently skilled governors. Potential governors are simply not out there and those whose skills we seek are currently under enough pressure in their own professional lives.

As we move into the new Gove-driven world, we need not more of what we have got but a new mindset - for governors, heads, local authorities, etc. The key question is how can we do better governance in an era of fewer resources and the only answer I can see is - as with local authorities in general - to do less better. Governors should focus on strategy and make the key indicators of performance clear and easily accessible.

In other words, get governors off any sense of managerialism and on to more of a business organisation model - the role will be limited but highly effective.

Dr Barry Wratten, Headteacher, Churchill Community Foundation School amp; Sixth Form Centre, North Somerset.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today