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The ‘hidden givers’: a study of school governing bodies in England

Chris James, Steve Brammer, Michael Connolly, Mike Fertig, Jane James and Jeff Jones

The 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 research was undertaken by a team of researchers from the University of Bath: Chris James (Project Co-Director), Steve Brammer (Project Co-Director), Michael Connolly, Mike Fertig, Jane James and Jeff Jones. The project was funded by Education Development Trust (then CfBT Education Trust).

The project undertook an extensive review of the relevant literature; extended the analysis of data from a national survey of school governors undertaken by Balarin et al. in 2008; and undertook 30 case studies of school governing in England in a range of settings.