CBI calls for school governor system to be strengthened


The CBI has published a report that argues that much more is needed to strengthen leadership and governance to deliver a world-class schools system, including an expansion of the right to time off for governors’ duties to be extended to academies and free schools.

It warns that if schools are to make the most of their new freedoms, school governing bodies need to improve. A return to local control is undesirable, whereas more effective governing bodies, held to account by Ofsted, could help drive higher performance.

Neil Carberry, CBI director for employment and skills policy, said: “Handing control over education to schools themselves is the right move. But it can only work if the quality of governing bodies is high and Ofsted holds them to account. We need strong leadership and even stronger governance.

“We must put the right foundations in place to make the most of greater freedom for schools, defaulting to the old ways of doing things is not the answer. And returning to Local Authority control would be a retrograde step.

“We need greater partnership between the Government and businesses to deliver the right structures to lift performance across all our schools – and help every child fulfil their potential.”

The report calls for a new focus on school governance, the right to time off for governors duties to be extended to academies and free schools, no increase in local authority control, and creating a culture of continuous professional development in schools.

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