Local councillors and schools: using community leadership to improve schools
In our first publication ‘Back to School’, we explored the role that Overview and Scrutiny could play in supporting schools and holding the education sector to account. The case for a continued but changing role for councils and their scrutiny function was compelling in relation to all schools, whatever their governance. One area that emerged from this work was the need to explore further the role of individual councillors in school improvement.
This second publication explores how a councillor might use their community leadership role to develop new relationships with the schools in their ward.It uses the insight and experience from councillors, governors and a head teacher from across the country. Participants shared their experience of councillors and schools working together: what worked well and the benefits to them. This insight is used to inform the rest of this publication – and the case for strengthening links between local councillors and schools
Written by Su Turner and Ann Reeder.