Giving parents the right to sack failing governing bodies is one of the radical proposals being considered by Conservative MP Neil Carmichael, Member of the House of Commons Education Select Committee and serving school governor in a report he has co-authored on school governance published last night, Monday 23rd May.
The report, "Who Governs the Governors", considers some of the key challenges facing schools and academies as the role of LEAs changes and examines key areas which go beyond the White Paper in terms of how to make boards serve their schools more effectively. Key proposals include:
Other key proposals include:
The report also examines whether schools should combine forces to form confederations for the purposes of governance: "Giving boards wider responsibility and oversight for more than one institution will also appeal to potential candidates to serve on such boards" it argues.
Neil Carmichael said: "This report seeks to address three key areas: improving skills, improving accountability and ensuring the pivotal role of governors in academies and free schools is more clearly defined. Without the safeguarding role of LEAs, we see the role of governing bodies is being much more important than ever before. "
"I am also delighted to announce the formation of the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Governance which I hope to chair with colleagues from across the political parties. This is an issue of importance to all politicians, parents and pupils and we intend to develop our thinking during the months ahead."
If you would like to read the report, please contact the Constituency Office who will be happy to provide you with an electronic copy.
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