“I don’t think I would have felt as happy to write about education if I hadn’t also been a governor.”

Fiona Millar is a journalist and education campaigner who’s been volunteering for nearly three decades as a school governor in Camden. As she prepares to step down for a long overdue break, we’ve been asking Fiona how she got started, what she’s enjoyed about it and why everyone, especially politicians and policy-makers, should consider taking

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“Being that person on the governing board who isn’t too close to the school can be quite lonely.”

Karen Wespieser is well-known in education circles as a researcher who’s held high-profile roles for NFER, CfEE and as Director of Operations  for the special needs charity, The Driver Youth Trust. Her latest role is as the new COO of Teacher Tapp. She became a Local Authority governor 10 years ago, fulfilling a lifelong ambition

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How do governors and trustees make their voices heard at the highest level?

The annual survey by the National Governance Association gives governors and trustees the chance to explain how their boards work and to raise the issues they really care about. We’ve been talking to NGA Chief Executive Emma Knights about the current issues facing boards, the future of governance and why it’s more important than ever

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How does it feel to be the one asking the questions when you’re usually the one being held to account?

Tom Williams is responsible for operating strategy and implementation at parkrun – one of the world’s largest providers of free physical activity. He sits on several international parkrun boards, which make decisions affecting thousands of events and millions of parkrunners across the globe. But he’s also a fairly new school governor…. so how does it

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The rush to virtual meetings

What incredibly strange times. Just a few weeks ago – it was the everyday-normal. Governors and trustees attending the usual, face-to-face board meetings to support schools and MATs to deliver the best possible education to children and young people. Within a matter of days, the landscape has changed dramatically. Schools are facing incredibly challenging times.

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