About Govas

GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.  


Workload is one of the main reasons that teachers give for considering leaving the profession and latest research published shows that working hours are still too high. The DfE have published an action plan that provides an update about how they have been helping to remove unnecessary workload along with further activities they intend to undertake in the future. The plan is based around the three biggest concerns that teachers have raised - marking, planning and resources, and data management. Review groups were set-up to cover these areas, and you can access the reports here:

Report from Marking Policy Review Group – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reducing-teacher-workload-marking-policy-review-group-report

Report from Planning and Resources Review Group – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reducing-teacher-workload-planning-and-resources-group-report

Report from Data Management Review Group – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reducing-teacher-workload-data-management-review-group-report

You will find a poster on our website (click this link) and leaflet on our web-site (click this link) to help you review your expectations on Headteachers and senior leadership teams, and to support ‘Reducing Workload’ initiatives in your schools.

We would be delighted to receive any examples of reducing workload initiatives and how successful they have been.

Finally, a reminder that it is the Stockport Governors Conference on Saturday 11th March. (Register Here) We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.