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Voluntary Schools: Governing Bodies

Department for Education written question – answered on 28th March 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they collect information on the diversity of religion or belief amongst school governors in voluntary-aided schools that select 100 per cent of their pupils based on their religion; and what assessment, if any, they have made of the impact of the religious diversity of these school governors on local social cohesion and integration.

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

The Department for Education does not collect any data on the religion or belief of school governors. We expect governors to play an important role in ensuring that schools promote community cohesion and fundamental British values.

The department is committed to increasing the diversity of school and academy governance boards and we are supporting the joint Inspiring Governance and the National Governance Association “Everyone on board” programme to help achieve this.

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