Joan Sallis is 'out of touch'

22nd December 2000 at 00:00
Joan Sallis wrote that the current review of the weight of governing body responsibilities is unnecessary since only "270 had complained about the workload".

If this is indeed her view, it is an example of a once-revered authority becoming sadly out of touch.

In my two years as chair of the National Association of Governors and Managers a constant and insistent demand from our 45,000 members has been that we inform ministers that governors feel that both the weight and the appropriateness of their responsibilities are miscast.

It is a theme repeated in our survys of members' views, our helpline, a vast and growing correspondence and in meetings and governor conferences around the country. I have not spoken to a group of governors in my time as chair when the workload issue has not been raised. I cannot believe that anyone who has talked to large numbers of governors in the past year could have come to a different conclusion.

The consultation document is greatly needed, but its contents need rethinking.

Professor John C Adams Chair, National Association of Governors and Managers Smallbrook, Queensway Birmingham

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