Just a quick survey. I love being a governor and getting to grips with all the new fangled educational advances / debates / innovations. Coming from 30 yrs in IT / business though I cannot understand where some of the governance guidelines could have come from. Minute takers are reluctant to name names, There are no detailed financial breakdowns, not even by vendor. We talk about one pupil with 'learning difficulties' who may or may not be one of three with behavioral problems. Pupil premium funding is used for whom, to do what? using the term intervention could be anything. I have useful skills , but I am not supposed to 'interfere' with 'operational' things ( as defined by the chair ). We have come a long way since Victorian times when many institutions ( workhouse, orphanages, schools and asylums ) had boards of governors who were often more interested in ensuring religious observance than wellbeing or education. Are more changes needed ?