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Governing and Governance in Education RIG Meeting

10.04.18

The next meeting of the Governing and Governance in Education RIG will take place:

Date: Thursday 24th May 2018
Venue: London
Time: 11:00am - 3:30pm

10.30

Gather for coffee and networking

11.00

Welcome and confirm programme for the day

11.10

Guest presenter: Dr Andrew Wilkins, University of East London

‘Bounded school governance: Reflections on the limits and contradictions of governing’

In this presentation I reflect on the extent to which school governance in England is embroiled in the technical-rational management of processes and outcomes and the bureaucracy, performativity and professionalisation typically underpinning such management.  While these approaches to school governance are necessary in some sense – devolved management and school autonomy is vulnerable to moral hazard without proper oversight and transparency of their internal operations – they engender forms of de-democratisation or depoliticisation (concealed through an appeal to efficiency and expert knowledge) which undermine local accountability.  I conclude by arguing that much of what now constitutes school governance – succession planning, risk assessment, compliance checking, performance evaluation – should be displaced at the school-level and relocated to regional oversight teams to enable the political function of parents, teachers, students, and community members to govern their schools more directly, openly and democratically.

Q & As and discussion

1.30

Guest presenter: Raj Unsworth

(who is Specialist Advisor to the Headteachers’ Round Table which is a group of Headteachers and CEOs committed to inclusive education). Raj is currently Chair of a small MAT, and has over twenty two years’ experience as a governor and trustee in many different settings. 

 Provisional title of the presentation ‘Multi-Academy Trusts - the journey to effective governance’.

2.15

approx onwards – Open house for researchers and discussion

3.30

Depart  

Dr Ron Hill (Convener)
Honorary Professor
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Stirling
ron.hill@stir.ac.uk
01478 650378

Registration for this event is free and full venue details will be provided to registered delegates in the form of joining instructions

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