Published on the 9th July 2012 at the Summer Reception of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Education Governance & Leadership.

Strong governance is essential for good schools. Yet we know that in too many schools, governing bodies are not effective or confident enough. The key role of governing bodies is to support and challenge headteachers in order to ensure pupils receive the best possible education; governing bodies also need support and challenge. We therefore set out to encourage governors to challenge themselves as the best governing bodies already do.