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“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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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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What’s the best way to organise governance in a large multi-academy trust?

Ark Academies runs a network of 37 schools in the UK. Its admin team uses GovernorHub to support and communicate with governors and trustees and store documents. As well as a MAT Board page, each local governing board also has its own GovernorHub page with a shared calendar, noticeboard and secure document storage. We’ve been

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“I thought… I’m sure there are people around who have already been through this learning curve and know a lot more than I do.”

Isabel Churcher, who works for The Arts Council, has been a governor at Holyhead Secondary School in Hansworth, Birmingham for just over two years. Worried she didn’t know enough about the role, she set up a Staff Governors Group at the Arts Council to share knowledge and information. Isabel, how did you become a governor?

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What should we mean when we talk about the curriculum?

The team at GovernorHub recently attended a conference for the hard-working teams up and down the country who provide support and training to school governors (… we get the best gigs). As usual, there were some brilliant speakers and this year we heard from Professor Mick Waters. Mick’s held some very high profile roles in

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“There are audience ratings in TV but the importance attached to data in schools really took me by surprise.”

For many years, Sue Cook was best known as the face of BBC Crimewatch however she can now be found supporting the work of a small primary school in Oxford, fulfilling a lifelong interest in education and young people by volunteering as a school governor. Sue has responsibility for early years and joint responsibility for

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What motivates people to join the largest volunteer force in the country?

Hundreds of people up-and-down the country will be sitting around a meeting table for the first time this term. We spoke to one such school governor, David Watkins, to find out why he got involved. David teaches at an independent school in Reading and is now a governor at a small, rural school just south

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