Have you noticed;Briefing;Governors

5th February 1999 at 00:00
Changes in the composition of governing bodies mean we need two new governors by this September: one extra parent and a representative of the support staff. Like many small primary schools, we already have more governors than staff.

We have always had extra parents among the education authorities appointees and co-optees, and we make a point of co-opting from the support staff unless, as now, an elected parent already works in school. But rules is rules, and we shall have no problem recruiting our extra members.

What we will have is a serious comfy-chair shortfall. At present, 12 of us meet in the staffroom, designed for 10 people, shoulder to shoulder.

Our meetings are well attended, the secretary acts as clerk and the deputy head attends as an observer. We raid the head's office for extra chairs and keep our elbows tucked in. It's cosy. Add two more governors and it will become dangerous.

This is not a trivial problem. Of course we can meet elsewhere - in a classroom or the school hall: but the whole relaxed, informal atmosphere will disappear once we are sitting round a table on hard chairs, without access to a kettle. David Blunkett never thought of that, did he? Typical man.

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