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Presentation on school governance of Church Schools delivered at Liverpool Hope University Re-imagining Christian Education Conference 10 July 2012

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  • 1. Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement MIKE SIMMONDS Education Consultant A project of Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 2. Governance in the 21st Century:Faith informing professional engagement
  • 3. • a governing body is "A sprawling committee and proliferating sub- committees.”• Governors are, “Local worthies who see being a governor as a badge of status not a job of work.”• Meetings have, "Discussions that ramble on about peripheral issues, influenced by fads and anecdote, not facts and analysis.” Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 4. ©sxc.hu/svilen 001EQUIPPING CHRISTIAN GOVERNORSFOR THEIR ROLE IN CHURCH SCHOOLS Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 5. PROJECT REPORT Chris James, Steve Brammer, Michael Connolly, Miles Fertig, Jane James and Jeff Jones UNIVERSITY OF BATH The ‘hidden givers’: A study of schoolCONTEXT governing bodies in England Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 6. 83% of governors come from professional or managerial occupations and nearly 40% having experience of an©sxc.hu/spekulator education-related occupation (Scanlon, Earley & Evans, 1999). THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCHOOL GOVERNANCE Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 7.  Academy Independence  Professionalisation of governance  Foundation Governors©Westwood Academy, 2011 THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCHOOL GOVERNANCE Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 8. SIGNIFICANCE OF GOVERNANCE Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 9. Good governance is characterised by,"smaller governing bodies, wherepeople are there because they have askill, not because they represent somepolitical constituency. Theyconcentrate on essentials such asleadership, standards, teaching andbehaviour.” Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 10. “an effective governing body makes a difference and standards of attainment are more likely to be higher. (Ofsted, 2002).SIGNIFICANCE OF GOVERNANCE Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 11. “I’ve already said our newinspection arrangements willfocus much more ongovernance than ever before,and there will be a subsectionunder leadership andmanagement to say importantthings about governance.”SIGNIFICANCE OF GOVERNANCEChief Inspector ofSchools, Sir MichaelWilshaw, Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 12. The Way ahead (Archbishops’ Council, 2001)Chair of governors part of theleadership, not only of theschool, but also within theparish and dioceseSIGNIFICANCE OF GOVERNANCE Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 13. England school governing bodies in The ‘hidden givers’: a study of The role of the chair – a The findings significant educational and community leadership responsibility SIGNIFICANCE OF GOVERNANCE©sxc.hu/nickobec Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 14. How many survey of evangelical Christians and what suggested that 9% serve as impact? governors compared to 0.7% of the populationCHRISTIAN PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOLGOVERNANCE Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 15. “role of Church School “foundation governors mustgovernors is expanded to preserve and develop this.ensure the school is both They must also ensureinclusive and Christian in compliance with the trustnature” deed, if there is one”(Archbishops Council, 2012). (Guide to the Law, 2012). Foundation Governors CHRISTIAN PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL GOVERNANCE ©sxc.hu/usi Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 16. Foundation GovernorsCHRISTIAN PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOLGOVERNANCE ©sxc.hu/usi Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 17.  Maintaining Ethos Training and  Protecting Christian support Distinctiveness needsFoundation GovernorsCHRISTIAN PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOLGOVERNANCE ©sxc.hu/usi Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 18. ©sxc.hu/abcdz2000 Encouraging vocation Defining ‘distinctive Christian CharacterA CALLING TO A DISTINCTIVELYCHRISTIAN ROLE ©sxc.hu/doctor-a Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 19. ‘distinctive’ means ‘characteristicor ‘authentic’.“the school aims to serve its community byproviding an education of the highest qualitywithin the context of Christian belief andpractice. It encourages an understanding ofthe meaning and significance of faith andpromotes Christian values through theexperience it offers to all its pupils”.Tim Elbourne (2009) Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 20. ©sxc.hu/abcdz2000 Encouraging vocation Defining ‘distinctive Christian Character Defining the purpose of educationA CALLING TO A DISTINCTIVELYCHRISTIAN ROLE ©sxc.hu/doctor-a Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 21. www.purposed.org.uk Governance in the 21st Century:Faith informing professional engagement
  • 22. “Knowledge is power. The moral purpose that animates the work we all do” 16 June 2011 Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 23. Governance in the 21st Century:Faith informing professional engagement
  • 24. How does faith inform strategic decisions? What in the Christian story results in distinctiveness? Chairs and ‘servant leadership’A CALLING TO ADISTINCTIVELY CHRISTIANROLE Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 25. ©istock/hh5800/File #: 18373145 School is a part of the ‘Churches mission to the nation’ (Archbishops’ Council, 2001). Missionary Context THE TRAINING CHALLENGE Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 26. “As guardians, their (Foundation©istock/hh5800/File #: 18373145 governors) role must be enhanced; as well as training and support improved by, amongst others, the Diocesan Boards of Education.” Chadwick Report (2012) THE TRAINING CHALLENGE Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 27. “A Church of England College of HigherEducation might be expected to offer:In its continuing professional developmentcourses, the college might be expected toprovide for the needs of headteachers, teachers and governors ofChurch Schools.”The Way ahead (Archbishops’ Council, 2001) MAKING PROGRESS, PROVIDING SUPPORT Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 28. 1. A review of governance in church schools and the compilation of good practice, especially focusing on Chairs of Governors and Foundation Governors1. The establishment of a nationally agreed training package for Foundation Governors on their role as guardians of the Christian foundation;MAKING PROGRESS,PROVIDING SUPPORT Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 29. 3. An online community developed specifically for Foundation Governors.3. The development of a web presence to equip Christians who are school governors (possibly building on the existing www.transforming governing.org.uk website) .MAKING PROGRESS,PROVIDING SUPPORT Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 30. 5. A resource for clergy in training, to enthuse and inspire them in their role and of their schools5. A resource for churches (perhaps based on Grove Books Education series). MAKING PROGRESS, PROVIDING SUPPORT Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 31.  The governors role in Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development  The effective Christian who is a governor in a non-Church SchoolMAKING PROGRESS,PROVIDING SUPPORT Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 32. More overt recognition of the importance of school governance Commitment to more fully resourcing the training, enrichment and facilitation of foundation governors in particular.©sxc.hu/a_kartha Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 33. “it is the task of the Church in every century to serve its generation according to the will of God.”Canon Charles Smyth, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, on150th Anniversary of the Foundation of The National Society, 12.10.61 Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement
  • 34. ©sxc.hu/lusi GOMikeS .org.ukmike@goministries.org.uk Governance in the 21st Century: Faith informing professional engagement