What a mess - unpaid volunteer governors caught between headteachers and the local authorities. The lack of clear guidance is not helping and indeed the conflicting advice from the unions involved, the local authorities and Government is causing problems to all parties. On a personal note, I back the view that the publication of league tables is divisive and misleading. On a professional note, as a governor, I am not permitted to back a head who boycotts Sats; I may even be expected to impose sanctions on a headteacher. This will cause untold damage to all parties involved.
Denise Maloney, From www.tes.co.uk.