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The consequences of the Trojan Horse affair

Successive governments have viewed the governing body as a means of keeping schools in line. However, with autonomy being abused in some cases, is it governors who now need reining in?

New guidance from Ofsted advises inspectors to “conduct a brief internet search as part of their pre-inspection planning to see whether there are any safeguarding or other issues – for example governance – that may need to be followed up during inspection”.

This proposed online investigation may have its foundations in the Trojan Horse affair that occupied education columns during the summer term. Governing bodies, the protectors of educational settings from the blob, are starting to cause some concern.

Peter Clarke’s July report into the Trojan Horse allegations is clear that the governing bodies of the schools investigated had overstepped the mark. This included:

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