Teachers want to ban parent governors

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Teachers have mounted a drive to redress the balance of power in schools by banning pushy mother and father governors in an attempt to put head teachers firmly back in charge.

The warning comes from senior local government sources who have told the Sunday Express
that the classroom is under threat from teachers who want to dominate school governors’ boards once again.

Local government insiders claim if teachers get their way parents playing an active role in the day-to-day management of their children’s education could come to an end in the next year.

In recent years, the balance of power has shifted to give parents more say, but many experts now feel that parental influence has gone too far.

According to the Sunday Express, the source said: “A couple of years ago one of the biggest teaching unions attacked parents by suggesting that many were not fit to serve on school governing bodies.

“They were accused of only caring about the welfare of their own children and it was felt that people without children, but who were experts in the field of ­education, would provide a better ­balance on a governing body.

“What is happening is that more experts are being put forward for ­consideration and then voted on to the board of governors.

“Parents who are deemed unsuitable, or perhaps too vocal, are being put off by the fact that the places are filled so quickly when a vacancy arises.

“Difficult parents who are too demanding have been a problem for a while, and it has been discussed as to how they can be kept off the governing boards. Teachers would really prefer it if parents were simply banned, but for now it is a case of trying to make sure that only the most ‘suitable’ parents find their way on to the governing bodies.”

Margaret Morrissey, founder of lobby group Parents’ Outloud, said: “Even if you are mainly interested in one child – that is to say your own – it is likely to be about issues which will benefit every other child in the school.

“Teachers have their own agenda, often the one of least resistance and that is not always to the benefit of the child. They are often against change ­simply for the sake of it and often ­parents can see how something should be done, rather than simply going along with how it has always been done.

“Any local authorities thinking of trying to cut the power of parents should think long and hard about the amount of insight parents bring to the table.”

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