NGA comment on reports of governors threatening to 'strike'.
February 10, 2017
Governors and trustees of 40 schools in West Sussex have written to MPs to warn them that they will refuse to sign off budgets and carry out their supervisory work because of their concerns about funding. The threat to ‘strike’ has come as result of increased worries about the real term cuts to school budgets.
The wider ‘WorthLess’ campaign launched by Headteachers is also campaigning about funding for schools and has two aims: firstly, to secure interim funding until the new funding formula takes effect and secondly, campaigning for a new formula that is fairer for pupils in West Sussex than the current one.
Although NGA shares the concerns of governors, we would remind governors that governing boards of maintained schools and academies have a legal responsibility for the financial oversight of their school, which includes deciding how the budget is spent. It is therefore important that governors continue to carry out their role in schools. NGA urges governors to try and get their voices heard by lobbying their MPs.