Paying governors ‘might be an advantage’, says Mayor

13:22 27 February 2013

Mayor of London Boris Johnson reads with pupils at Reach Academy Feltham. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Mayor of London Boris Johnson reads with pupils at Reach Academy Feltham. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Paying governors in some struggling schools could be an advantage, Boris Johnson said this morning on a visit to a recently-opened free school in west London.

The Mayor of London agreed with Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw there were certain circumstances in which it could be beneficial to offer governors financial incentives.

He said of the proposal: “I think there will be horses for courses. I’ve got great respect for what he [Sir Michael Wilshaw] does. I can certainly see in some cases that might be an advantage.”

The chief inspector of schools wants to address the problem of governors who are “ill-informed” and “not able to make good decisions”, in some cases by paying governors for the work they do.

Unveiling plans for the new site of a recently opened free school, Mr Johnson also said more people should be looking to set up schools themselves.

Asked about his biggest hopes by a class of Year 7s, Mr Johnson answered: “We would like to see more wonderful schools like this. We want you to spread the word for more people to set up schools like this.”

He added he would do all he could to help identify suitable sites for other free schools wanting to open in London.

Reach Academy Feltham is one of many schools in the capital set up by members of the public. The project of a group of Teach First graduates, it opened last September with Reception and Year 7 intakes.

On its new site nearby, due to open in 2015, it will teach children from all the way through from 4 to 18.

Recent Department for Education data showed London had the highest concentration of approved free school applications for 2013 of any region in England. About one third of all applications (34 out of 102) were from London.

Mr Johnson said London’s “remarkable story” when it came to education and growing population were reasons for its large number of free school applications, but encouraged other parts of the country to follow suit.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The X Factor’s Chloe Jasmine Whichello is planning to get her back on Simon Cowell, following her exit.

Read more

Lukas Podolski has killed any possible rumours of him moving to Spurs.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

This bread came first in a culinary competition and is priced at £25 a loaf.

Spotify Family will enable multiple users to stream and create playlists from within a single plan.

One university has a different approach to initiating its students and, by the looks of it, it’s a lot more fun.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s husband has accepted damages after taking action over a magazine article about his family life.

TOP Stories

Yesterday, 19:00
Brian Harvey on stage at an East 17 reunion at the Shepherds Bush Empire  in 2006, after surviving a suicide attempt the year before.

Brian Harvey, of the nineties boyband East 17, today marched up to the gates of Downing Street and asked to see the Prime Minister.

Yesterday, 18:47
British Ebola sufferer William Pooley is returning to the country where he caught the disease [Picture: Andrew Matthews]

The Ebola survivor who was treated at the Royal Free Hospital has flown back to the country where he caught the deadly virus.

Yesterday, 17:14
Twitter user @Shafinuur, who was involved in the crash, tweeted this picture with the message:

Forty-five people were rushed to hospital today after a bus flipped over in Barnet, North London.

London Bloggers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.