How can business professionals boost the education system?


Academies minister Lord Agnew has urged senior staff from some of Britain’s leading businesses to help transform education by becoming school governors and trustees.

After meeting staff at KMPG to discuss potential opportunities, Lord Agnew has pressed for more city professionals to join more than 250,000 people who are already supporting England’s schools.

With support from the Academy Ambassadors programme, run by the New Schools Network, it forms part of government efforts to increase the number of “highly skilled” governors in schools.

To date, around 1,200 business people have been linked to schools across England through the programme, enabling them to provide much-needed support and advice in educational settings.

Lord Agnew has already met with Education Secretary Damian Hinds, the Institute of Directors and the Confederation of British Industry to promote school governance.

Having the right set of skills on school boards is deemed to be of vital importance to the education system, as it helps to ensure that educational institutions are capable of delivering high quality services.

Lord Agnew explained that hundreds of people are already “using their expertise to make a difference in their local communities”.

“I want even more people to consider joining them on governing boards so that standards in schools continue to rise,” he said.

A number of academy trusts have been formed by the founders and leaders of major businesses, and while their expertise is no guarantee of success, it is viewed as having the potential to make a major difference.