Letters extra: Balance between heads and governors

30th March 2001 at 01:00
I read with interest your article "Heads on top in power struggle" ( TES March 9).

Inevitably there are some high profile cases which are guaranteed to attract publicity about a so-called struggle between heads and governors.

This is not the experience of most of us in Leeds. Heads and governors have other issues than some apparent power struggle. In general, governors are appreciative of the professionalism shown by heads, and heads similarly pay tribute to knowledgeable governors.

You are right to highlight the occasional spat so that we can learn from those experiences and reinforce best practice. You are also right to suggest that the DfEE needs to tread a careful course to ensure that the balance of interestsnbsp;between partners is not unnecessarily disturbed.

Councillor Peter Gruen
Chair of the Leeds Governors' Forum

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