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Is governance fit for purpose ?

Discussion in 'Governors' started by neddyfonk, May 18, 2016.


How do you feel about governance ?

Poll closed Jul 18, 2016.
  1. I do not know enough to have an opinion

    0 vote(s)
  2. It serves no purpose I value

    0 vote(s)
  3. It should stay as it is to challenge and hold to account

  4. It is now archaic and needs restructuring

  1. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    I suspected that the title of this thread should really have been "Is governance on @neddyfonk 's governing body fit for purpose?" and that rather confirms it.
  2. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Not really - I decided I had no point of reference to judge whether my experience was 'the norm' so I joined a second body which proved to be more dynamic and proactive. The first thing that struck me though was the very poor standard of induction. A learning walk and in invitation to a 2hr LA introduction to governance merely orientated me to the contents of the handbook. The official statement that it takes 2-3 yrs to be comfortable in the role makes it abundantly clear that a good induction is a vital starting point. I have never been given a site map ( a vital prerequisite even for a TA ), I do not know what suppliers are normally used, my photo is not on the school website or any information about me or my role. I have never been invited to introduce myself to pupils at assembly or parents at any event. I am not copied in on anything that is happening at school that is part of normal internal 'courtesy' information. In short , we are mostly unseen, unknown and not recognised as being anything much more than an occasional visitor.

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