As clerk to our governing body, I recently spent about two hours trying to access the Department for Education and Skills website to find out about the updates for the Governors Guide to the Law, and how to access them. In the end I was so confused that I had to give up.
My governors will never find these updates, not least because most of our governors are "older people" without access to a computer. As the school administrator as well as clerk to governors I just do not have the time to spend trailing around a very confusing website trying to find something when I don't really know what I am looking for. Then if I have to print it out, copy it for 18 governors, post it off, etc ... Whoever said computers save time?
So it was with some amusement that I read the article by Ben Rooney (TES, October 1) which spelt out exactly how I felt.
Someone needs to advise the DfES that in an ideal world, yes, we could access the internet and find the information required, but there are still a lot of people out there who really need paper inserts.
I am worried that essential information is just going to get lost and I am going to be unable to support my governors in the way that I should.
St Andrew's primary school
North Weald, Essex