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Schools: Governing Bodies

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL9074, tabled on 12 October 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the representation of BAME individuals in school governance roles.

Answered on

26 October 2020

The department is committed to increasing diversity amongst governors to ensure that boards reflect the communities that they serve. We fund the Inspiring Governance service, run by the charity Education and Employers, to support the recruitment of appropriately skilled and diverse volunteers onto the boards of schools and academy trusts.

Education and Employers report that 20% of all people being appointed to boards with the Inspiring Governance service this financial year are from a black and minority ethnic background.

The department is also supportive of the joint Inspiring Governance and National Governance Association’s ‘Everyone on Board’ campaign, which aims to increase the participation of people from ethnic minorities and young people in school governance.