Looking at pupils' work and observing lessons: what is appropriate?What should I look for when looking at pupils' work? We relay advice from two of our associate education experts on how to approach book scrutinies and lesson observations from a governor's perspective. We also suggest questions you could ask when looking at work and visiting the classroom.
Monitoring reading: questions for governors to askWhat questions can I ask to monitor the reading intervention scheme? In this article, we suggest examples of questions you could ask to monitor reading interventions in your school. You will also find examples of questions to discuss with subject leaders.
'Quality of education': monitoring teaching and learningThough the 2019 Ofsted framework did away with 'teaching and learning' as part of a specific judgement, you'll still need to monitor these aspects as part of the new 'quality of education' judgement. Understand how to monitor what teachers teach and pupils learn, and find some questions you can ask school leaders.
Careers guidance: statutory requirementsWhat are the statutory requirements for careers guidance? We summarise governing boards' and schools’ responsibilities with regards to providing independent careers advice, as outlined in Department for Education guidance. You will also find a definition of 'independent' careers advice.
Curriculum reports: how to get the information you needOfsted's 2019 inspection framework has put curriculum in the spotlight, so regular briefings on your school's offering should be on your agenda. Find out what to ask your school leaders to include in these reports, and what questions to ask them.
Governors' role in monitoring physical educationHow should governors monitor PE? We look at advice on how governors should monitor physical education in their schools. We link to examples of questions they could ask, and evidence of effective provision. We also consider how schools could use pupil premium funding on PE and sports provision.
Promoting British values in the curriculumHow can we promote British values through our curriculum? We look at guidance from the Department for Education on what teaching British values involves. We also relay advice from two of our associate education experts and look how schools are including British values in their curriculums.
School trips and educational visitsWhat is governors' role in educational visits? One of our experts outlines the governing board's responsibilities regarding school trips and advises on policies and codes of conduct for off-site visits. We also relay guidance on approving school trips and on who is liable if something goes wrong.
Sex and relationship education (SRE)Is sex and relationship education statutory? SRE is only compulsory from the age of 11 in maintained secondary and special schools, but other schools can provide it if they wish. All pupils in maintained schools must be taught the aspects of SRE that form part of the science National Curriculum.