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DfE Survey of Governors 2012

DfE Survey of Governors 2012

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DfE Survey of Governors 2012, supported by Modern GovernorWe’re supporting the DfE in a survey of Governors, and would appreciate your help! Here’s how the DfE explains the survey

Improving efficiency is a critical challenge for all schools seeking to make the best use of their budgets to support pupil attainment.  But there are significant variations in financial efficiency between similar schools, and in the ways in which individual governing bodies engage with financial and procurement issues.

The Department for Education is working to develop further advice and online tools that can help schools to optimise their financial resources and support their teaching and learning objectives.  DfE recognises that governors and governing bodies have a crucial role – as well as a statutory responsibility – to help their schools to manage finances effectively and make the best-value spending decisions.

To make this online support as useful as possible, DfE wants to get a better and wider understanding of how governors and governing bodies are currently involved in improving efficiency in their schools.  With the support of Modern Governor, DfE is now running a short online survey covering basic questions around efficient financial management and effective procurement.  The hope is that as many governors as possible will be able to participate, to help the Department itself to be more efficient in supporting schools to manage their funding as effectively as possible.

The survey is open to all governors in any schools in England, and will be available online until Monday 30 April 2012.  It should take around 5-10 minutes in total to complete. All responses will be anonymous.  You can find the Governor Survey 2012 at

For further information, please contact Julie Hull at the Department for Education

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  • sue le riche
    Posted at 11:15h, 04 April Reply

    I think that this survey is good, lets hope that out of it comes some useful points and imformation.

  • John Wallace
    Posted at 14:00h, 04 April Reply

    A helpful website

  • Tom McGowran
    Posted at 16:44h, 04 April Reply

    Good survey especially as it pointed to sources of information I was not aware of.

  • Elaine Walton
    Posted at 16:47h, 04 April Reply

    Thanks for your comments so far – glad you found it useful/interesting!

  • Ian Thomas
    Posted at 20:38h, 04 April Reply

    Good survey – meant to do procurement training – lack of time thus far.

  • Anthony Holbourn
    Posted at 11:30h, 05 April Reply

    I have been a school governor in three schools for about fifteen years on and off in assorted capacities. I am constantly astonished at the level of expertise demanded, expected or required; I have to explore all available alleys to find what I need. The LA are helpful. Even so it takes an enormous amount of time. At a recent meeting the LA were unable to send a representative and apologised.
    ‘Still, you’ll have saved the school money by my not being there,’ said the lady.
    ‘Really? How much does your time cost?’ This was interesting since we buy into their services anyway.
    ‘£87 an hour,’ she replied.
    It occurred to me to wonder how much my own time would be worth. Even at a nugatory £50 an hour my time, as Chair of Governors, would cost at least £300 a week and up to £1500. It is currently virtually a full-time job.
    It is no good supposing that there are spin-offs; there are not. I don’t mind helping and see that there is a need for someone who seems to know what they are doing in the chair; even so it is a shocking state of affairs that the ultimate legal responsibility for everything that happens in schools falls at the feet, on the heads, of unpaid amateurs. I certainly have no time to become involved in finance any more than I do at the moment and can see no opportunity to attend extra training.
    Alas, it seems that the Government – like most – are seeking ways to exploit the goodwill of the largest voluntary force in the country and give them the responsibilities which ought to fall elsewhere. I know exactly how such a survey can be used, with figures extracted and published. You know the sort of thing:
    ‘… and we have the word of governors themselves that they would benefit from this extra training: 87% of those who showed an interest in our financial management enquiry conceded that they would like to know more. That’s why we have put these courses on and are of course, having shared the expertise, obliged to make the beneficiaries accountable …’ – while those delivering course are paid handsomely for their presentations.
    There are time when I feel I should give up and take up fishing; but the schools need support and help so of course I will continue.

  • John Weise
    Posted at 16:28h, 06 April Reply

    Education transcends political differences work together and stop this initiative tennis please!

  • The Hon. Diana Makgill
    Posted at 16:28h, 09 April Reply

    The school I serve is a Church school and the children leave with a good foundation in the Christian Faith as wellas the three R’s.

  • Catherine
    Posted at 09:10h, 13 April Reply

    An outstanding school does not automatically become an outstanding business just by labelling it an ‘Academy’. Fabulous teachers,senior leadership team and governors are ill prepared for running multi-million £ companies. Training agencies are only just noticing this gap in their programmes.

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  • Rodney Bell
    Posted at 22:49h, 17 April Reply

    The survey identifies some interesting points but I cannot help but think that is the outcome going to identify that Governors will have to spend even more of their free time supporting schools!

  • Ali Hogg
    Posted at 20:20h, 18 April Reply

    This is a good survey, I would be interested in seeing the findings when complete.

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