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 statementsAn annual governance statement is required for an academy, and is good practice for a maintained school. Get guidance on what your statement needs to contain, and take a look at examples from other 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.