Everyone on Board - increasing governing board diversity
Around a third of young people currently in our schools are from an ethnic minority, and evidently, they are mostly under 18. Yet, the people leading schools generally do not reflect this diversity of the school community. Just 5% of school governors are from an ethnic minority and only 10% of school governors are aged under 40. Governors and trustees make decisions about the future of schools; they decide how funding is spent, support and challenge executive leaders, guide what children learn and the values they live by. These decisions influence the direction of the school and ultimately shape young people’s opportunities to achieve their full potential. Schools need diverse governing boards to improve decision-making, provide role models for pupils and staff, and to bring a greater insight in to the society young people live in. Six school governors shared their views and experiences in this short film, which has been viewed thousands of times, explaining why diverse governing boards are important. As a result of this campaign, over 300 people so far have volunteered.
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