School governors were left reeling at the end of last week following a withering attack by Michael Gove on "local worthies" who "ramble on about peripheral issues".
During a speech in which the education secretary spoke of the need to accelerate reforms to school governance, he hit out at examples of bad practice among some school governing bodies which he compared to "19th century parochial church councils".
"A sprawling committee and proliferating sub-committees. Local worthies who see being a governor as a badge of status not a job of work.
"Discussions that ramble on about peripheral issues, influenced by fads and anecdote, not facts and analysis. A failure to be rigorous about performance. A failure to challenge heads forensically and also, when heads are doing a good job, support them authoritatively," he said.
Unsurprisingly governors and their representatives have hit back.
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