How to monitor and scrutinise your school's education recovery plan

Be clear on how you can go about monitoring education recovery in your school. Find out what questions to ask to scrutinise your school’s use of the different types of funding, so you’re assured the money is well spent.

Last reviewed on 26 April 2023
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  1. Your school needs a plan for education recovery
  2. Funding support available to schools
  3. What you need to monitor
  4. How to monitor 
  5. Questions to ask

Note: this article is aimed at governing boards and boards of trustees. If you’re on a local governing body (LGB) in an academy, check to see if you’ve been delegated responsibility for monitoring education recovery. If you’re the chair and you’re unsure, ask your trust.

This article is based on guidance for governors and trustees and guidance for school leaders from the Department for Education (DfE).

Your school needs a plan for education recovery

Your school should assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on pupils' progress, attainment and wellbeing, and use this information to plan support for pupils' educational recovery.

As a governor, you need to provide support and challenge to your school leaders as they deliver this plan. You'll need to monitor how your school uses any funding it claims for education recovery, including monitoring the impact of the funding on pupils' educational outcomes. 

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