• 20 key questions for governing boards Download our 20 key questions and sources of evidence to help you evaluate how effective your governing board is.
  • 5 ways to step up your governance An experienced governor gives you the 5 things he’s doing to move his board from good to great - see if they work for yours too.
  • A competency framework for governance We 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 statements An 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.
  • Chair of the governing board: role and responsibilities Whether 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: summary Understand what the competency framework for governance is and how you can use it to support training and recruitment priorities.
  • Contributing to meetings: tips for new governors Free sample Top tips from our experts on how new governors can make a positive contribution, bring issues to the governing board and overcome feeling intimidated.
  • External reviews of governance Find out how an external review of governance (ERG) can help you improve your board's effectiveness, and how to commission a review. Know what to expect from the review process and how to make the most of it and benefit from the reviewer's insights.
  • Governing board action plans An 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: resources Follow these steps and use our resources to carry out your self-evaluation - there's a skills audit, templates to evaluate your board’s performance, and a dashboard for multi-academy trusts to get an overall picture across local governing bodies. Use our 360° feedback form to review your chair's performance.
  • Governor appraisal Is 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 audits Evaluate 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 show your board's impact on school improvement Get to grips with how your governing board can show its impact on school improvement, by being clear on your school's objectives and using evidence such as feedback from stakeholders and governing board meeting minutes.