Headlines: March 30th, 1999

Research by London University has established a clear link between good schools and effective governing bodies. Schools benefit when the governors are committed, show a professional attitude and enjoy the support of the head teacher.

The researchers found that the more effective governors operate as a team and develop positive working relationships with the school staff. They also found that there is a need for induction training and for on going support.

The research findings show that recruitment of new governors is causing concern and 45% of schools are experiencing difficulties. This does not augur well for the future because the resignation rate may start to rise steeply. In the coming months governors will take on the task of assessing the performance of head teachers. The assessment will determine the level of pay. Although there will be appraisal training and professional advice on assessment it is thought that some governors will decide that this is the time to quit.