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School governors: A culture of no surprises

Ahead of the inaugural National School Governors’ Awareness Day, Steve Barker suggests ways in which this volunteer army can work more closely with school leaders to create a culture of ‘no surprises’

After two years of stormy Covid seas it is tempting to hope that the worst is now behind us and that we can finally steer towards calmer waters.

That’s certainly the hope of everyone involved in the leadership of our schools – governors and trustees included – and it is one of the reasons why I am involved with the inaugural National School Governors’ Awareness Day on February 22, which will look forward to the challenges and opportunities of 2022 and beyond and look back at what we have learned during these pandemic years.

We are not in those stilled waters yet – the pandemic continues to cause sleepless nights for school leaders across the country – but if we are to achieve this ambition governors and school leaders need to work together to create what I call a culture of no surprises.

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