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Review of School Governing Bodies Starts Work

Magazine article Public Finance

Review of School Governing Bodies Starts Work

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A major review designed to deliver smaller and better-trained school governing bodies began last week.

A working group, chaired by schools minister Jim Knight, will develop proposals on how the bodies can best foster schools' direction and ethos, listen to parents and local communities and help to turn around under-performing schools.

The school governance review, announced in the December Children's Plan, will report in the autumn.

Knight said: 'A consistent theme from research is that the most effective governors take a strategic role in guiding and supporting the school's work and challenging head teachers to take their school on to the next level.

'There is clear evidence that there is a relationship between good governance and pupils' achievements, the quality of teaching, as well as the quality of leadership and management. …

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