Governance Models in Schools

Tami McCrone, Nalia George, Clare Southcott

28 April 2011

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The Local Government Group (LG Group) commissioned NFER to review the current model of accountabilities in school governance and consider alternative models that may be appropriate for the schools of the future. The evaluation comprised three main strands: a rapid review of literature, online surveys of governors and coordinators of governor services and qualitative case study telephone interviews with a range of stakeholders.

Key principles and components of effective governance are more significant to the governance of schools than the type of model followed. The evidence indicates that an effective governing body can have a valuable impact on school improvement. The majority of governors felt that their governing bodies were effective and coordinators were also positive about the overall effectiveness of governing bodies.

The research evidence indicates that the stakeholder model is viewed as the most appropriate model of school governance, although this model was recognised as needing some improvements to ensure flexibility and fitness for purpose in the context of greater school autonomy.

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