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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.

Our thanks to Ruth Agnew, a national leader of governance, for her help with this article. 

Why is it important to show governors' impact on school improvement?

Boards must be committed to continuous school improvement that gives pupils the best possible outcomes. It's one of the key features of effective governance, as outlined on page 13 of the Governance Handbook

It's part of the first core function of governance 

Governors are responsible for ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategy

Your school's vision is what will lead your strategic decisions and ultimately drive school improvement. 

Your board will:

  • Set high-level improvement objectives 
  • Gather evidence (such as through school visits or using pupil progress data) to assess through the year how the school is progressing towards the objectives
  • Use the evidence to support or challenge the senior leadership team 

Governance is inspected as part of 'leadership