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.  


John Hattie has looked at hundreds of studies of teaching and learning to try to find what the evidence shows about which teaching methods have a significant impact on achievement. In these two videos he presents his findings and there are some surprises here. Some governors might find that their pet theory about what makes a good school or what is good teaching is not supported by the evidence.

Part 1: Disasters and below average methods


Part 2: Effective Methods: what really matter