London Metropolitan University Research Institutes


The Experiences of Black School Governors in London

Funded by:

The Commission for Racial Equality


April 2006 - August 2006


School governors play an increasingly important role in the management of the school yet, recent research carried out the by The Education Network (TEN), indicates that there are at least twice as many pupils from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds as there are school governors from similar backgrounds in English schools (Bird, 2003). Yet, in a British society, which is becoming increasingly culturally diverse, it remains crucial that school governing bodies reflect the wider communities they serve. In this way, Black and minority ethnic groups may also participate in the strategic direction and decision-making processes of school governing bodies. While it is important that every effort is made to ensure that school governing boards become more ethnically diverse, if recruitment drives are to be truly successful, something must be known of the experiences of existing school governors from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds.


This small-scale research examines the views and experiences of Black school governors through a series of individual semi-structured interviews and, in particular, will consider: their reasons for volunteering; the processes through which they applied for governship; positive and negative aspects to governing and, their experiences while in post.


It is anticipated that the findings of this research will offer schools and local government practical strategies on how to improve the future recruitment and retention of Black school governors and, will give voice to the experiences of individuals from traditionally under-represented communities.


A full report will be submitted to the funders, the summary of which will be added to the IPSE website.


Project team:

Nicola Rollock


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