Kent

Medway Council proposes training for school governors

A report into raising standards in Medway's primary schools has recommended compulsory training for school governors.

The Kent council is among the bottom five in primary school league tables.

Only 68% of Medway's 10 and 11-year-olds reached the standard expected in both English and maths.

Medway Council has produced a 12-point plan to combat this, which also calls for councillors to serve on school governing bodies.

Les Wicks, who is the cabinet member for education, said the authority was not criticising governors.

"They do a good job already," he said. "What is being said in the recommendations is that it would be good to have councillors who are not school governors to become governors."

He added that training would enable governors to be up to date with good practice.

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