Wales keeps governor training

30th January 1998 at 00:00
I was disturbed to learn of the demise of Action for Governors' Information and Training (TES, December 26). Governors Wales shares your concern about the mismatch between the ever-increasing burden of responsibility placed upon governors and the inadequate investment in their training.

Thankfully, we hear less frequently the suggestion that governors need only "common sense" to manage the delegated budget; approve and monitor school policies; appoint staff and deal with personnel issues; be accountable for special needs provision, overall standards of teaching and learning, health and safety, security, reporting to parents and everything else which contributes to the welfare of a happy and effective school.

Our colleagues in the 22 new Welsh unitary authorities are well aware of the need for a comprehensive support and training system for governors. Good intentions are, however, not reflected in adequate resources for the support and training which Governors Wales believes to be essential.

Like the recently-departed AGIT, we struggle to provide practical support for some 24,000 governors of schools in Wales.

Fortunately, with the financial support of Welsh local education authorities and with the encouragement of the Welsh Office, Governors Wales survives. Nevertheless, we value AGIT's legacy, and mourn its passing.

ANNE ROBERTSON

Chair Governors Wales 245 Western Avenue Llandaff Cardiff

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