Good question! How could I forget April 😮
But she is definitely an Activist I think— totally independent and unconcerned for the rules, when she does get involved it’s for the public good, not personal gain. Like Ron she chooses to opt out a lot of the time but then I guess we all need to sometimes…
Hi Eveline, I haven’t got round to looking at the specific strategies yet although in general terms I’d say a solution focussed mindset would definitely help. Being clear about what you want to achieve, only worrying about the things you can influence and recognising that progress can be made with small steps. Most of all I’d say notice the…
Hi Annie, I know Tina Nabatchi has done a lot of work in the US context so would be well worth checking out her stuff.
My advice would also be to think about what’s already working well in your own office or organisation and see if you can’t do more of that or if it inspires other things. Here is an example of that kind of thinking.
We did some scrutiny work on this a couple of years ago and yes, head teacher is key, so is the chair of governors. Key question for me is whether time is set aside to talk about these things and reflect on what good governance should look like.
This raises a really interesting question I think and I wonder if school governors really get the space they need to think about what they want their role to be? Watchdog? Critical friend? Community rep? Problem solver? Independent advisor? Something else? This is a great example of being explicit.
Thanks Neil, makes a lot of sense.
It’s useful to be reminded of what I’ve looked at through the week — after two days I’ve often forgotten.
Wondering if there is a neat way to collect or cut/paste likes from twitter to make the job easier. Seems like an unnecessarily manual process.
I’ve had an interesting challenge to this point from Ben Proctor. He points out that members of housing trusts / school governors are responsible first and foremost to their organisations and should not therefore be automatically seen as public servants.
Pointed out to me that really is an important distinction. Also thanks to Peter Matthews for highlighting the potential of research for exploring the differences in how appointed / elected governors perform their roles.
I’ve had a couple of comments that the term governor does have some connotations in terms of being ‘the boss’ that perhaps don’t quite fit the role — I suppose ‘Member of a Public Body’ might be the most accurate although far from poetic.