There were 30 attendees including academics, researchers, practitioners associated with governing schools and colleges, and governors.
The agenda for the day was formed to give a wide range of researchers the opportunity to share their research interest. There were two main presentations:
- Prof Catherine Farrell (University of South Wales): Reviewing school governance in Wales
- Melanie Ehren (University College London – Institute of Education): Consideration of the impact of inspection regimes on the quality of educational provision
Copies of the presentations are available in the RIG's document library.
After lunch, a personal insight into governance at a multi-academy trust was provided by Ray Chatwin (University of Warwick).
The remaining time was given to short introductions to research being undertaken involving governance/governing of schools and colleges.
- Hassan Khalfan Hamidu (University of Birmingham) is studying community participation in supporting 12 schools in an area of Tanzania
- Sarah Fitzgerald (University of York St John) and Prof Chris James (University of Bath) are studying the experience of primary school governors and the recruitment of headteachers;
- Su Turner (Centre for Public Scrutiny) reported on projects associated with local responses to school improvement
- Catherine Simon (Bath Spa University) and Chris James (University of Bath) reported on a study of the sponsorship of academies
- Colin Forrest (Leeds Trinity University), Chris James (University of Bath) and Ron Hill (University of Stirling) are studying the case of the payment of all further education college governors in Northern Ireland.
Finally, Jacqueline Baxter (one of the two new Co-Editors of the Journal of Professional Practice: Management in Education) suggested that there was sufficient research variety and activity shared during the day that consideration might be given to a special ‘Governance and Governing’ edition of Management in Education in future.
Throughout the day, there was discussion and engagement with the topics discussed, within the limited time available.
Attendees requested a bigger room for future meetings and also three meetings per year (termly).
Dr Ron Hill
RIG G&GE Convener
3 December 2016