This project analysed the relationship between primary and
secondary school governing and school performance and the way this
relationship was influenced by the socio-economic setting.
The findings of the research confirmed that school governing is
complicated, demanding, and goes on largely un-noticed. Much of the
work of lay governors is hidden from view and is all undertaken for
no tangible reward. The 300,000 or so school governors in England
make a significant contribution to their schools and to the
education system as a whole.