The value of bringing business experience to Governing Boards
The 3 core responsibilities of all governing boards are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the head teacher to account for educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that it’s money is well spent
This demands a mix of skills that not every Governing Board can find amongst its own members. In particular, many governing boards lack members with strategic experience. This has been widely recognised. Lord Nash, Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for school governance, has stated:
“Governing boards are crucial to the success of our schools. Setting strategic direction is one of their core functions, but recent research shows that many find this challenging”.
The challenges faced by today’s schools are very familiar to senior business managers. By bringing in someone with proven experience in tackling these challenges effectively in a business environment, schools can fill the skills gap and get the input they need in order to take the school forward successfully.
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