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We outline the main points from Ofsted's 2016 report 'Improving governance'. We focus on the recommendations for the governing bodies of maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts.

Ofsted's findings: overcoming the barriers to governance 

In December 2016, Ofsted published a report investigating the challenges facing governing bodies in some of the most deprived areas of the country. The report identifies the barriers faced by governors in these schools and outlines the actions that have been taken to enable them to fulfill their responsibilities. 

On page 3, it explains: 

The report focuses on governance in schools serving disadvantaged communities, because these schools have most to gain from strong, professional and determined governance. However, the lessons learnt are likely to be applicable elsewhere.

Improving governance: governance arrangements in complex and challenging circumstances, GOV.UK – Ofsted (Adobe pdf file)

The three critical factors in improving governance 

Schools became aware of the weaknesses in their governance arrangements Governing bodies were able to develop their knowledge, understanding and

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