Schools: Governing Bodies

Department for Education written question – answered on 19th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the ability of local communities to influence the governance of primary and secondary schools.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Mechanisms are in place to ensure that school governing bodies are connected with, and responsive to, the communities they serve. The Board of a maintained school must include at least two parent governors - elected where possible or otherwise appointed. Academy trusts are also required to elect at least two parent trustees, represented at Board level or on each local governing body at a multi-academy trust.

We are satisfied that these mechanisms allow local communities to contribute their views, influence decisions and play an active part in effective governance across the school system.

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