We know that attainment at school is a key driver of social mobility and prosperity in later life. For many young people in the UK, their chances of succeeding are greatly improved if the school they attend has a strong leadership team supported by an effective governing body. Yet greater school autonomy presents governing bodies with more responsibility than ever before.

That’s why we use our skill and scale to support good governance in schools through our StandingOut programme. From supporting our colleague School Governor Network to helping Multi Academy Trusts recruit first class non-executive directors, we are working with schools across the country to build the strong leadership teams they need to succeed. We are one of the largest corporate recruiters of school governors, and now have around 600 colleagues supporting schools through volunteering in this capacity.

"I am delighted to see that so many colleagues have continued or committed for the first time to help Britain prosper as school governors and pleased that we have been able to support them through a new School Governors Network and the provision of online training resources to all colleagues"

Antonio Horta-Osorio