'Championing the rights of children'

Many schools 'short of governors'

Garry Mon 06 Jan 2014 16:57

Up to one in four school governor positions is vacant in some rural and deprived areas of England, says a group which matches schools with governors.

Governors for Schools says one in 10 of the 300,000 governor posts across the country is unfilled.

The charity says the figures on governor vacancies include posts coming to the end of their term of office as well as resignations.

It drew its estimates from its work with schools and local authorities.

The figures come at a time when pressure on governors to hold schools to account for their performance has been growing.

'Badge of status'
Education Secretary Michael Gove has said he wants to reform school governance and said in a speech a year ago that governors were often "local worthies" who viewed their post as a "badge of status not of work".

Instead he wants to see people taking up the positions because they have a skill and for them to "concentrate on essentials such as leadership and standards, teaching and behaviour," he said

The education inspectorate, Ofsted, requires governors to hold head teachers and other senior staff to account.

Read more... (BBC News - 6 January)