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Schools: Governing Bodies

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the proposal to reduce the size of school governing bodies contained within the recently published Children’s Plan. (197341)

We believe that smaller, more highly skilled governing bodies, alongside improved governor training will lead to more effective governance in schools. Smaller governing bodies can be consistent with the current stakeholder model of governance. As we indicated in the Children’s Plan, we will be consulting stakeholders on reducing the size of governing bodies. Good governance and leadership at school level is essential if we are to achieve better outcomes for all children and young people.