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Developing Hampshire's leaders of school governance

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The first year of a new development programme, for those who chair a school governing body, has been celebrated with 40 of Hampshire's Chairs and aspiring chairs of Governors being amongst the first in the country to complete the National College of Teaching and Leadership Programme.

Councillor Peter Edgar, the County Council's Executive Member for Education, hosted a 'graduation' event to congratulate their success. Councillor Edgar commented: "Education is going through major changes and through this initiative, we are supporting governors to take on the challenges brought about by change to enable them to ensure their schools are providing the highest standard of education for Hampshire's young people.

"This programme aims to support governing body chairmen, at both local authority maintained schools and academies, with the demands of their role and the drive for school improvement. There is increasing autonomy and pressure for greater accountability. We recognise that those who govern our schools are volunteers, giving their time selflessly and freely and we are grateful for the invaluable contribution that they make. For our part, it is critical that we support them in this essential role. We have been delighted with the number of governors in Hampshire undertaking this programme and impressed by their dedication in successfully completing the course.

"On behalf of the County Council I would like to congratulate them and thank them. This group is the first of many chairs and aspiring chairs of governors who will benefit from the leadership skills that they will develop in undertaking the programme".

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