Guide to seeking high-quality legal adviceWith many different providers available, and large amounts of money involved, it's important that schools have access to high-quality, reliable legal advice. Our guide will help you choose the right provider if you don't have one, decide when you need a legal opinion, and prepare for the phone call to get the best advice.
Interim executive boards: appointment, membership and roleWhat is the process for the appointment of an interim executive board? We look at when an interim executive board (IEB) can be appointed, and relay guidance on the membership and role of an IEB. We also look at access to IEB minutes and whether governors can request the implementation of an IEB.
Partial closure: what to do nowUpdatedSchools in England are now closed to most pupils. Be clear on what’s happening, and the steps you need to take to make sure your school leaders are prepared for partial closure.
Coronavirus: how to set your school improvement plan (SIP)You still need to set the strategic aims in your school’s SIP for the year ahead. If you’re the chair, find out how coronavirus may (and may not!) affect this, what you should bear in mind, and what you can expect from senior leaders.
Coronavirus: setting your school on the road to recoveryNow, more than ever, is the time for you to take ownership of your school’s priorities, vision and values. Use this unique opportunity to reflect and rebuild, to make your school even better and stronger than before. Here's how.
How to evaluate and approve the school improvement planYour governing board should approve the school improvement plan (SIP) every year. Understand the process for doing that, what to look out for and what questions to ask. The SIP is sometimes called a school development plan or strategic plan.
Know your school: a checklistThere's so much information to know as a governor that it can be overwhelming. Download our checklist to understand the key information you should know about your school and where to find it.
Your role in school improvement planningLearn about school improvement plans and your role in creating, approving and monitoring them. Use our flowchart to keep track of where you are in the process as you move through the academic year.
Changing the length of the school dayRead the rules on setting and changing the school day for maintained schools and academies. Get advice on how to consult on the changes, and see examples of other schools' consultations.
How to embed your school's visionUnderstand how you can communicate your school's vision to stakeholders, and embed the vision in the work of your governing board. You'll also find case studies of practice in 3 schools.
Promoting British values in schoolsRead a summary of your school's duty to actively promote British values and governors' role in monitoring provision. Download our list of questions to ask school leaders to help you do this.