Why support school governance?

The role of the governing body is inherently similar to corporate governance and the role of non-executive directors. Yet school governing bodies often lack vital business and management skills and can find it challenging to recruit high-calibre individuals with experience in these areas.

Encouraging more professionals to take up this vital role will have a direct impact on school strategy, school improvement and, ultimately, lead to better outcomes for children – the future workforce – as the beneficiaries of any change.

Government guidance for schools* says that a strong governing body will:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

*Governance Handbook 2015, GOV.UK – Department for Education

“Good governance is an essential part of any school and as part of our plan for education we are determined to further support schools to find more experienced individuals who can use their skills and knowledge to help improve standards of education.”

Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, March 2015