ESF agrees to extra board seat for teachers
The English Schools Foundation has bowed to pressure for an extra teacher to sit on its new board of governors.
A new draft of the ordinance was yesterday released to foundation members, prior to their key meeting on June 8 when they will vote on the governance changes. It gives seats to one primary and one secondary school teacher, increasing the proposed board from 25 to 26 members.
ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay said that after meeting with teachers she recognised it would be useful for both primary and secondary teachers to be represented, and for there to be a substitute if one could not attend.
The decision follows threats by teachers to vote against the governance reform.
'I hope this may encourage teaching members of the foundation to support the ordinance,' Ms Du Quesnay said.
The move was not linked to any other understanding or agreement with teachers, she added.
Julian Harniess, chairman of the Association of Professional Teachers of ESF Schools, said: 'This is very good news. Staff will be very pleased about that.
'In the light of this, it would be my recommendation that staff support the new ordinance.'