Lord Nash, Education Minister, does not seem to be in favour of paid governors.
Speaking at the Education Select Committee on 20 March on the role of school governing bodies he said that he was “not convinced” about the benefits of paying governors. He said:
I think it could be a distraction. There is a danger that by paying governors you could attract the wrong people, or you could open the floodgates.
He went on to say, “voluntary does not mean amateur”.
Indeed – as we said in our last post, just because someone is unpaid does not means that they are not capable or qualified.