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School Governors

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why prospective school governors are required to provide details of their ethnic origin. (114466)

Prospective school governors are not required to provide details of their ethnic origin. However, all schools and local authorities are under a duty to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and promote equal opportunities.

We encourage all bodies engaged in recruiting new school governors to monitor the ethnic origin of the governors they appoint, but completion of any ethnic monitoring forms is always voluntary.

Many schools will have pupils from black and minority ethnic groups, different faiths, refugees, or children with English as a second language. It is important that governing bodies include people who have the skills and abilities to drive forward school improvement from all racial and cultural backgrounds.