Representative bodies, such as governor associations or fora, within a Local Authority (LA) area, serve a valuable purpose in at least four respects:
they provide an opportunity for governors from every school in their LA to form a professional network and share good practice from their own governing bodies and schools;
they are a vehicle for discussion of the latest education developments in their LA / Regional Consortia (RC) and the education sector nationally;
they are effective ‘sounding boards’ for Governors Cymru Services, the LA, the RC and the Welsh Government to consult on strategic and policy issues affecting schools, governance and the quality of education provision; and
they provide a mechanism for governors to become fully engaged with officers of the LA / RC to improve school effectiveness and learner outcomes.