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Meeting of the Governance and Governing RIG: 4th December 2015


There were nineteen attendees at the meeting of the Governance and Governing in Education Research Interest Group (RIG) held at The Wesley Hotel, London on the 4th December 2015.

The programme featured two lead presentations:

  • Local authorities in England and accountability, governance and schools, given by Su Turner, Head of Programmes, Children and Young People, Centre for Public Scrutiny. An aspect of Su’s session included attendee consideration of two particular themes – (i) accountability for school improvement (ii) the future for a local authority role in education.
  • Localities, local authorities and system leadership, given by Prof Tim Simkins drawing on research from three different local authority areas. The presentation stimulated attendeee interest in understanding the nature and practice of system leadership roles in education settings.

There were also brief contributions from:

  • Prof Chris James re governor experience of primary school headteacher recruitment
  • Prof Richard Hatcher re Birmingham local authority and evolving arrangements for provision of education services
  • Dr Jacqueline Baxter re models of governing in aspects of the public sector, including education
  • Dr Ron Hill and Dr Colin Forrest re Post 16 Area Reviews and implications for colleges, school sixth forms and governing body decision making

Possible themes for RIG Governance and Governing in Education meetings in 2016 were discussed. The following list emerged:

  • Multi-academy trusts and the purpose/role of individual governing bodies
  • Models of governing in the public sector
  • A view of governing bodies from a Schools Commissioner (arranged)
  • Stories from Governors – personal experiences shared
  • Governor training and development – a review
  • Call to universities for research sharing from current researchers


Dr Ron Hill

RIG Convener



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