Article

The pressures for the remuneration of volunteer governors of UK educational institutions and the potential consequences

Citation

Forrest C, Hill R & James C (2021) The pressures for the remuneration of volunteer governors of UK educational institutions and the potential consequences. Educational Management Administration and Leadership. https://doi.org/10.1177/1741143220985150

Abstract
The members of the governing boards of schools, colleges which provide vocational education and training, and universities in the UK have traditionally been volunteers. In some contexts, however, for example, colleges in Northern Ireland, governors are now paid. Whether volunteer governors in other or all settings should be remunerated is the subject of debate. This article analyses the various aspects of that debate. It considers the nature of volunteering; the socio-political context of volunteering; and the growing momentum for the remuneration of governors of all UK educational institutions. The article also considers the arguments for and against governor remuneration, which include remuneration and: the way governors and the governing of educational institutions are valued; the visibility of governing; governor recruitment; the diversity of governing board membership; the quality of governing; the remuneration of other publicly funded agencies and organisations; the accountability governors experience in their role; the market for school governors; and whether a policy which implemented governor remuneration could be reversed. The article also considers aspects that would need to be resolved in practice: who would be paid and for what; the level of remuneration; the funding of governor remuneration; and the organisation of remuneration.

Keywords
Volunteering; governors; educational institutions; remuneration; payment

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Educational Management Administration and Leadership

StatusIn Press
Publication date online25/01/2021
Date accepted by journal25/01/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32384
ISSN1741-1432
eISSN1741-1440