Parents to lose rights to governors' report

25th February 2005 at 00:00
Government plans to scrap the annual report by governors and their meeting with parents will reduce the influence families have on education, the Labour peer who developed the modern governing body fears.

Parents' groups say the proposals in the education Bill are at odds with the drive by Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, to give parents a greater say in schools.

They have received backing from Lord Taylor, whose Taylor report in 1977 influenced the shape of school governing bodies.

The annual report to parents will be replaced with a school profile which will not explain what governors have done or how they have spent their budget.

Lord Taylor described the plans as ridiculous. "If you do not give parents an opportunity to come to an annual meeting and to read an annual report, they will be less interested than ever," he said.

The National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations said it would not oppose the end of the annual meeting, as it attracted few people, but that parents would miss out if the governors' report was dropped.

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