10 Mar UPDATE – Free Governor Live event: Governance & the White Paper
Governors, school leaders and anyone with an interest in the strategic direction of schools are all invited to take part in the next Governor Live online event, which will look (see also topic update below) at the potential for and issues around paying school governors and ask if it now time to pay school governors for what is currently a voluntary role. This event is scheduled for 7.30pm on Monday the 21st of March 2016 and will take the form of an online panel discussion – but is intended to be very interactive, with questions from participants and as much opportunity to take part as possible. This post details the members of the panel, lets you know how to register and gives some pieces of pre-event reading which, if you’re planning on taking part, will give you a grounding in some of the issues around this topic.
Governor Live is open to governors, trustees, prospective governors & trustees, headteachers and other senior leaders – indeed anyone with an interest in the good governance of schools. It’s free to register and take part.
Following the publication of the Education White Paper, we’re broadening the scope of Governor Live to address what Educational Excellence Everywhere means for governance. The same panel detailed below will turn their eyes and minds to the many issues for governance which mandatory universal academisation and beyond brings – including paid governance. It’s still free to register, so bring your questions, comments and listening ears and join your fellow governors on Monday evening.
Those on the panel for this event are:
Nigel (@HamdonEducation) is author of Improving School Governance – How better governors make better schools and a consultant to school leaders and governors;
How to take part
Registration is free and simply requires that you have an email address you can access. Simply visit the event information and registration page – if you have previously registered for last year’s Governor Live event then you can re-use your details and attend this event. You can also sign up using a Facebook or Google account if you have one of those.
You’ll be able to take part via a desktop or laptop computer (test your connection to the server here – you don’t need to ‘pass’ the fourth of the four tests), or via the free Adobe Connect mobile app for Android, iOS or Blackberry. Read our previously published posts on how to access and take part in Governor Live using your tablet or smartphone, or simply view our YouTube playlist which covers this.
If you use Twitter and have questions or comments on the event then please use the hashtag #GovernorLive. The event will be recorded and we will share the recording in a Modern Governor blog post after the event.
Once you’ve registered, here are some pieces to read before taking part:
- It’s essential that governors are paid for their work – Gerard Kelly’s article for Schools Week arguing that education is simply too important to be left in the hands of volunteers;
- Building better boards – can we fix it? – a review of Building Better Boards and request for comments and votes on the question Should the role of school governor be voluntary or paid?
- Building Better Boards: an opportunity for education – a blog post by Emma Knights responding to Building Better Boards, giving the NGA’s position on remuneration;
- Do school governing boards do the business? – Nigel Gann’s guest blog post for Modern Governor expressing the view that involving “professionals” won’t necessarily improve the quality of governance;
- Payment for Chairs, an NGA Governing Matters article in which Chris James, Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Education, University of Bath and Professor John Adams MBE, NGA vice president debate the payment of chairs of governing boards;
- Pragmatic questions around paid governance – our November 2015 blog post following up on responses to Gerard Kelly’s article;
- School governors unpaid? Quite right – let’s keep it that way – a 2013 Daily Telegraph article written by a serving governor;
- Too many school governors not fit for purpose, chief inspector warns – a 2015 Guardian article detailing Sir Michael Wilshaw’s opinions on the issue – which prompted a number of letters in response.