RCT Cabinet are about to to take the unprecedented step of appointing four extra Governors to a Primary school at a cost of up to £250 each per day. It is a move which has angered governors across the county who carry out their roles on a completely voluntary basis.
The school they are planning to do this at was judged as being "adequate" by Estyn inspectors. There have been a number of issues which have been outside of the control of governors there involving first the Head and then the subsequent Acting Head and as such the follow up from Estyn came to the conclusion that not enough progress had been made on the management side.
It is, however, more than hypocritical of the education department to recommend such a move as the Estyn inspection of the Local Authority judged them as being no more than "adequate" against every measure.
What then can their reasons be for such heavy handed action? Is it just a knee jerk reaction to try and improve their own fairly dismal performance in the eyes of the inspectors? Or is it a political move as the Chair of the school involved is a Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor?
Whatever the reason the decision to appoint these paid governors is setting a dangerous precedent and certainly does not sit well with the talk of partnership working which we hear from the Labour administration.