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Not in our governing body’s name

"As Chair of Governors, and with the backing of the Governing Body, I want to raise that I am signing this under duress. The reduction in resources is completely unacceptable. Staff have spent hours and hours trying to make the savings required without reducing the quality of teaching to pupils. This is against a backdrop of increased standards, increased monitoring and continual changes of goalposts. I would hope all Governors comment on their budgets and the decimation of our education system and would like this reported via line management and the lead of the Council."

Not in our governing body’s name

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Phillipa Davey is a serving chair of governors in a primary school. This image and accompanying text have been widely shared on social media since she shared it on the 25th of April, and are shared here as a guest post with her permission.

"As Chair of Governors, and with the backing of the Governing Body, I want to raise that I am signing this under duress. The reduction in resources is completely unacceptable. Staff have spent hours and hours trying to make the savings required without reducing the quality of teaching to pupils. This is against a backdrop of increased standards, increased monitoring and continual changes of goalposts. I would hope all Governors comment on their budgets and the decimation of our education system and would like this reported via line management and the lead of the Council."

Text of image: “As Chair of Governors, and with the backing of the Governing Body, I want to raise that I am signing this under duress. The reduction in resources is completely unacceptable. Staff have spent hours and hours trying to make the savings required without reducing the quality of teaching to pupils. This is against a backdrop of increased standards, increased monitoring and continual changes of goalposts. I would hope all Governors comment on their budgets and the decimation of our education system and would like this reported via line management and the leader of the Council.”


As chair of governors of a primary school I’m required to sign off the budget for the new financial year.

This year our budget has been cut by £62,000. Our responsibilities have increased. Next year the cut will be the same. This is without the proposed cuts to education every year until 2020.

Our staff are amazing, truly amazing, worth every single penny and deserve much much more. They haven’t had a pay rise because of the public sector pay freeze. We will not be making any staff redundant but something has to give somewhere…

Every single parent, guardian, carer needs to know our education system is being destroyed by this government and you need to ask what cuts your child’s school is facing.

If you’re a governor and you don’t stand up against cuts that are harming the schools and children you oversee – you are enabling the dismantling of the education system you are supposed to protect.

Well, not in our governing body’s name.


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