Governors ‘must have skills for school success’

The Government has announced plans to reform rules so that local authority schools would have to appoint governors with the skills necessary to achieve “effective governance and success”.

The planned rule change would mean local authority schools adopting a similar model to academies and free schools, which are free to appoint the most suitable people to governor roles.

A consultation on the plans, which continues until 14 March, says: “Governing bodies have a vital role to play as the non-executive leaders of our schools. It is their role to set the strategic direction of the school and hold the head teacher to account for its educational and financial performance.”

It proposes that any newly appointed governor should have “the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school”.

On 13 January, the same day that the proposals were published, the Government also issued new guidance, making clear the strategic leadership role of governing bodies and setting out their core functions.

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