Governing and Governance in Education RIG Meeting

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


Gather for coffee and networking


Welcome and confirm programme for the day


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


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’.


approx onwards – Open house for researchers and discussion



Dr Ron Hill (Convener)
Honorary Professor
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Stirling
01478 650378

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

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Thu 24 May 2018
  • Thu 17 May 2018
  • London, ,

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