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We answer questions on any aspect of governance, no matter how big or small. All governors are supported, whatever their role on the governing body, level of experience or type of school. Stay up to date and gain more confidence in your role with our expert guidance and practical resources. If we don't already have the answer online, you can ask our experts. 

Take a look at topics that have been popular with our members. 

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Role and organisation of the governing body

Articles on the role of committees, panels and different types of governors, governing body constitution, meetings, and governor conduct. 

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What are the 20 key questions for governors?
Secondary school governor, south east

What kinds of evidence should I look for when visiting the school?
Primary school governor, London

What induction arrangements should be made for new governors?
Primary school governor, south east

Should governors attend safeguarding training?
Primary school clerk to governors, London

What is the role of a parent governor?
Primary school governor, south east

Do we need to reconstitute our governing body?
Primary school governor, north west

How should I address disruptive behaviour at a meeting?
Primary school chair of governors, south east
 

School strategy and inspection

A policy bank, articles on school inspection and strategic planning, and summaries of legislation and government policies. 

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What policies must be approved by the governing body?
Secondary school governor, west Midlands

What will inspectors look for when meeting the link governor for science?
Secondary school governor, west Midlands 

How will Ofsted evaluate our use of the pupil premium?
Primary school chair of governors, London

How will Ofsted inspect performance management?
Primary school chair of governors, south east

How can schools promote British values?
Primary school governor, London

Changes in education in 2016/17
Secondary school governor, south west
 

Curriculum and pupils

Answers to questions on pupil achievement, admissions, behaviour, attendance, safeguarding, wellbeing and working with parents and the community. 

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How can governors monitor the quality of teaching?
Primary school headteacher, north west

What are the correct procedures for authorising an exclusion?
Secondary school clerk to governors, south east 

What are the safeguarding and safer recruitment guidelines?
Secondary school governor, west Midlands

What are governors' duties regarding pupils with SEN and disabilities?
Primary school governor, east of England
 

School staff

Guidance on staff employment and conditions, pay and progression, and appraisal and recruitment. 

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Can I sit on the selection panel if I know a candidate?
Primary school governor, south west

What is the role of the governing body in teacher appraisal?
Primary school governor, north west 

What role do governors play in headteacher pay progression?
Primary school chair of governors, London 

Finance and premises

Guidance on managing the school budget, school premises, and overseeing health and safety. 

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Should the chair of the finance committee be involved in setting the budget?
Secondary school governor, south east

What is the legal responsibility of the governing body for health and safety?
Primary school chair of governors, south west

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