Professor Chris James, Professor Steve Brammer, Professor Michael Connolly, Dr David Eddy Spicer, Jane James and Jeff Jones
Starting from the position that the role of the chair of school governing bodies is under-researched, this report investigates the role; the characteristics of role holders; the nature of the responsibilities; the chair/head teacher relationship; and chairs' development needs.
Based on a survey of approximately 2,500 chairs and 600 head teachers, the report found that more work needs to be done around engaging members of minority ethnic groups in school governance in order to improve diversity. Raising the profile of governing generally and making the nature of school governing more widely known would help to broaden involvement of under represented groups both in governing and as chairs.
It also found that due to the demanding nature of the role, and the responsibility it carries, the position of chair should have a much higher profile and should be more widely recognised and appreciated. Partly in line with this, the question of who supports chairs needs to be addressed, as there are not always adequate systems in place.
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