RISE publishes report of seminar on school governance

Education experts raised key concerns about the future role of school governors at a seminar organised by RISE.

Speakers and participants discussed current changes and asked whether these were threatening the moral purpose and social responsibility involved in being a school governor.

A full report of the seminar School Governance – what we know now and what will the future hold? is now available on the RISE website.

2 December 2013

How external factors affect school performance

There is little variation in the performance of maintained schools in England once the characteristics of their pupils are taken into account.

That is one of the key conclusions of a research review published today (September 9) by the education research charity RISE. Its author, Will Cook, found that the strongest determinants of variation in pupil attainment are at the level of the individual pupil and the family and that there is a limit to what can be done to break those links with interventions directed at whole school improvement.

This latest RISE Review, How intake and other external factors affect school performance, is a clear and accessible review of research evidence, addressing the question: How much of a school’s performance is directly within its control?

9 September 2013

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