Research on how governors and trustees responded to the pandemic, whether the work of governing boards was affected and challenges faced.


School and trust governance during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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This report summarises 4 case studies with a maintained school, a single academy trust (SAT) and two multi-academy trusts (MATs).

The main priorities for governors and trusts in the next year include ensuring that students have access to the full learning experience, helping them recover academically and socially, ensuring stable leadership and restoring and improving staff and pupil wellbeing.

Governing bodies are likely to move to a hybrid model of online and face-to-face meetings in the future. Face-to-face meetings are seen as vital for developing strategy whereas online meetings are more efficient and allow for greater inclusion.

Published 27 July 2021