360° review of the chair of governors' performanceUse our feedback form to conduct a 360° review of the chair against a range of competencies. Read advice on how to relay feedback and learn about how one governing board carries out its 360° reviews. We also include a development plan to help chairs set new goals following their appraisal.
A competency framework for governanceWe summarise the key features of the competency framework for governance in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with your governing body.
Annual governance statementsAnnual governance statements are required in academies, and good practice in maintained schools. Read our guidance on what the statement needs to contain, and take a look at examples from schools.
Assessing governors' confidence and understandingAre there any questionnaires to assess governor understanding? One of our associate experts suggests questions to check governors' confidence and understanding. This article also features a KeyDoc for annual evaluation of individual governors' confidence and contribution.
Chair of the governing board: role and responsibilitiesWhether you're the chair of a maintained school or academy, understand your role by downloading our role description. You'll also find skills audits to help you identify your strengths, and the skills and knowledge you still need to acquire in your role.
Competency framework for governance: summaryUnderstand what competency framework for governance is, and how you can use it, by reading our summary. We also link to further articles that can support your board in meeting the key competencies.
Demonstrating governors' impact on school improvementHow can governors show they are having an impact on school improvement? A national leader of governance explains how governors can demonstrate their impact on school improvement. We also look at using minutes from meetings and annual governance statements to demonstrate impact.
Governing board action plansAn action plan can be documentary evidence of effective governance, but they're not an Ofsted requirement. Learn how to develop and monitor an action plan and see some examples from other governing boards.
Governing board self-evaluation in 3 stepsFollow these steps and download our resources to support your self-evaluation, including a skills audit, a template to evaluate your board’s performance and a template to set actions for development.
Governor appraisalIs there guidance on conducting governor appraisal? Three of our associate education experts give advice on the frequency and preparation for governor appraisal. We link to guidance on choosing an appraisal method. You will also find our KeyDoc template for 360° feedback for individual governors.
Governors' skills auditsEvaluate your strengths and weaknesses using our downloadable skills audit - based on the competency framework - or find out how to create your own audit using free online tools.
How to recruit school governors and trusteesWork through this step-by-step process to recruit new governors or trustees. It covers identifying your needs, advertising the role, screening candidates and making the appointment.
Recruiting a governing board: interview questionsWhat questions should I ask when interviewing prospective governors? We look at examples of questions to ask, including when interviewing potential MAT trustees. We also look at questions potential governors could ask the school.
Recruiting parent governors: PRUs and special schoolsIf parents live far from your school, or their child won’t be on roll there for long, it’s harder for them commit to the parent governor role. Read on for guidance on how to build your community and attract people to apply.
Welcome letter to newly appointed governors: templateAre there sample letters welcoming a new member of the governing body? We asked an experienced chair of governors to write a sample letter to a new governor, which you can download from this article. You will also find advice on personalising letters to new governors.
Exclusions training for governors and trusteesMust we attend exclusions training? Training is not required to sit on a discipline committee, however it is recommended. All members of independent review panels must receive training. We look at what this training should cover.
Finance glossaryThe key financial terms you'll encounter as a governor at a maintained school or an academy, plus a downloadable version to share with new governors.
Finance training for school governorsStrong financial management is one of the pillars of good governance. Find out what training, resources and funding are available to you to enhance your knowledge of school finance.
Governance basics glossaryThe key governance terms you'll encounter, including roles on the board, school types, meeting procedures and key documents. Plus, a downloadable version to share with new governors.
Governance glossariesThe world of school governance is full of jargon and acronyms. It can be hard to decipher this language, particularly when you're new. Our glossaries are the perfect place to start.
Governor development plan templateDownload our governor development plan template to help you organise the development of your governors, and follow our advice for what to consider when you’re creating your plan.
Governor pack templateGet your governors up to speed quickly with our template governor pack. Give them all the essential school information and policies they need, right at their fingertips. We've also included a customisable school-on-a-page (SOAP).
Governors' handbooks: guidance and examplesWhat might a school’s governor handbook include? We relay guidance from one of our associate education experts on information to include in a governors' handbook. We also link to examples of handbooks from schools and a local authority.
How to induct new governors effectivelyHigh-quality induction ensures that new governors and trustees can hit the ground running. Understand what you need to do to prepare them for their role, and how you can provide ongoing support.
Identifying governor training needsHow can we identify our governing board's training needs? This article is accompanied by two downloadable KeyDocs to help you conduct a training needs analysis. It looks at areas of training suggested by the Department for Education, and at other ways you can prioritise training needs.
Induction training for governorsA solid induction can help new governors understand their roles and be effective straight away. Discover resources to help them get off to a great start.
Keeping a record of governor trainingYou aren't required to keep a record of governor training, but the Governance handbook suggests that you should. Use our template to record governor training for your board, and see examples of training records from other schools.
Mentor to a new governor: roleFind out what you, as the governing board, can expect from mentors supporting a new governor. Share this article with any mentors on your board.
Ofsted glossary for governorsDo you know your section 8 from your section 48? There's a lot of jargon involved in the world of school inspection - read our definitions and feel more prepared.
Performance data glossaryDo you know your scaled score from your progress score, or your attainment 8 from your progress 8? Pupil performance data is full of technical terms and acronyms. Keep our performance data glossary on hand to help you decode your data reports.
Safer recruitment training: statutory requirementsUpdatedAt least one member of a selection panel must have completed safer recruitment training. Understand what the training should cover and how often it should be refreshed. We'll also point you to our safer recruitment eLearning.
SEN glossaryThe key terms relating to special educational needs (SEN), plus a downloadable version to share with new governors.
Staffing and HR glossaryThe key staffing, HR and employment terms you'll encounter as a governor, plus a downloadable version to share with new governors.
Training for governorsHow can we find training for our governors? In this article, we link to a number of providers offering general training for governors. This includes training programmes from local authorities, and a free e-learning module from The Key.