Having said that the numbers of parents who turned up to the hustings for the parent governor contest, at my son’s primary school, might tell a story about civic engagement I hadn’t expected it to be such a dismal story.
I have to admit to arriving 20 minutes late and on getting there found the school locked up. I buzzed the buzzer, walked about a bit and was just giving up and heading back home when a small band of people came out of the school.
It turned out that only one other parent wanted to hear what our candidates could bring to the role of governing their child’s school.
No wonder Demos found:
Community participation tends to be dominated by a small group of insiders who are disproportionately involved in a large number of governance activities.