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20 key questions for governing boards
Download the 20 key questions and sources of evidence to help you evaluate how effective your governing board is.
360° review of the chair of governors' performance
Use 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.
360° review of the governing body's performance: questions for stakeholders
What questions could the governing body ask stakeholders about itself? We have created a KeyDoc with the help of one of our associate education experts. It has examples of questions you could ask the senior leadership team, other staff, parents, and pupils about the governing body.
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
Annual 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 understanding
Are 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 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 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.
Contributing to meetings: tips for new governors
Top tips from our experts on how new governors can make a positive contribution, bring issues to the governing board and overcome feeling intimidated.
Demonstrating governors' impact on school improvement
How 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 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 in 3 steps
Follow 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.
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.
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