DEDICATED governors are needed to take on the challenge of helping to run city schools.
The national charity Governors for Schools says an average of one in 10 school governor places are unfilled – Sunderland has 119 posts empty out of 1,126.
Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to see more skilled people take up the positions so they can support schools and hold leaders to account.
Coun Robert Oliver, Tory spokesman for education in Sunderland, said: “School governors play a vital part in ensuring that standards in schools are the best they can be and are often expected to engage with complex legal and financial matters.
“Ultimately, governors are responsible for the results and Ofsted reports so it is pleasing to see so many good schools in the city.
“There are, however, a number of schools, which are less good than in neighbouring local authorities and it is here that governors must challenge the headteacher to ensure improvement. There is also a considerable number of vacancies for local authority governors at the moment, which demonstrates the huge demand on people’s time.”