Plan under way to recruit governors to boost Portsmouth schools

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PORTSMOUTH City Council is reviewing its education strategy in a bid to recruit more governors into city schools.

As recently reported in The News, the city has a number of governor vacancies to fill.

Now the council is working with current governors in schools to review the procedure and to look at bringing more people in to try to improve education in the city.

Councillor Rob Wood is the cabinet member for children and education at Portsmouth City Council.

He hopes that people from local businesses can come in and use their skills to become good governors.

He said: ‘We are right in the middle of a strategy about governors. We are working on governors and leadership.

‘The council is coming up with a strategy and it has been pushing the strategy with the business community as well.

‘One of the key aims is around helping us recruit these governors from appropriate industries to help us strengthen the governors who have business knowledge but also have the ability to help us with leadership areas.

‘It’s about getting governors and leadership in place.

‘Our schools need governors from businesses and we need to share leadership that our business community is already familiar with.’

It comes as the authority finished third bottom in the UK school league tables for GCSE results last summer.

Just 47.6 per cent of students in the city achieved five or more A*-C GCSE grades, including English and maths.

Headteachers, governors and clerks from secondary and primary schools across the city have been called upon to give their views on the current governing bodies.

They are being asked how effective they are and how they could be improved.

As part of the review, discussions are taking place about how to recruit new governors.

The strategy is part of a national drive by the government to improve leadership in schools across the country.

The government has announced a programme that, from next year, will help to attract 100 excellent leaders with schools that are facing challenges.

The council is also looking to improve attendance figures and raise standards in schools to improve education in the city.