2 Nov '14

News Business support for school governors | @guardianletters

Excellent schools should be one of the main priorities for any society and successful economy. Much like businesses, schools need strong strategic management, sound financial practice, policies which are fit for purpose and rigorous human resources structures to be the best they can be. Across the country many schools already meet exacting standards, but in order to be outstanding every school should benefit from a skilled team of governors which can provide the necessary challenge and support. This is an area where the world of business can help education. Governing bodies have three core responsibilities, all of which can be strengthened by the contribution of skilled professionals. Be it project management experience to help with overseeing strategic direction; financial management training to ensure every penny is well spent; or data analysis skills to monitor school performance; business professionals can draw on their expertise from outside of an educational setting.That is why we are supporting the launch today of a campaign to encourage skilled professionals from across the country to become school governors. A strong and confident business invests to secure its future competitiveness and we will be asking our own employees to consider if they can bring the vision, energy and rigour of our operations to support, guide and challenge the management of our schools. We believe that all members of society share a responsibility to support our schools, and business has both the capacity and capability to make a significant contribution. We therefore call on all businesses to support staff who are interested in becoming a school governor and we encourage all working professionals to offer their skills at a time when raising standards in an increasingly competitive global market has never been more important.Anne Heal Managing director, Volunteering, BTIan Duffy Community development manager, BP PlcDebbie Bullock Community investment manager, Aviva UKJulie Stanbridge Head of student recruitment, EYMarianne Fallon Partner, head of corporate affairs, KPMGColin Grassie Chief executive officer, Deutsche Bank UKGaenor Bagley UK head of people, PwCMark Anderson Managing director, Pearson UKMark Boleat Policy chairman, City of London CorporationPaul Morrison Head of HP networking Schools, Hewlett PackardJanet Scott Interim chief executive, SGOSS Governors for Schools Continue reading...

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