Headlines: September 29th, 1999

School governors are being given a crucial role in the most fundamental reform of the teaching profession since state education began. The new performance management system to back performance pay, will rely largely on governors assessing the performance of head teachers and playing a significant role in staff assessment. Governor training in performance management will be funded by a 5 million pound budget and a training package will be available next year. Guidance on head’s pay, which has been developed in consultation with national governor associations, will be available shortly.The representation of parents in school governance will be strengthened by the appointment of an additional parent to each school body and by introducing parent representation on Local Education Authorities. In a move to bring in new expertise to the ranks of governors an appeal is being made to business and industry.