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10 March, 2004

Student governors project reports on initial phase

The Citizenship Foundation has joined forces with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) to explore the potential of new regulations allowing schools to co-opt pupils as 'associate members' of governing bodies.

The report of the first phase of this project sets out the scope of the new regulations and maps out the project which is expected to run through to 2006. The research involves a number of schools and LEAs keen to, or already, involving pupils in this way.

"Building real pupil particiaption is central to the citizenship education agenda and to good governance. The emergence of associate membership at long last recognises this," said Tony Breslin, Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation.

"In working with Derry Hannam and IPPR on this project we are teaming up with the teacher-researcher who has perhaps done more than any other single figure to champion this cause, and an organisation with a record of innovation and policy influence."

The project is funded by the DfES and Carnegie. The report of the first phase, published on this site, was written by Joe Hallgarten (IPPR), Tony Breslin (Citizenship Foundation) and Derry Hannam (Phoenix Education Trust).

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