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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.

Audit the skills of your governors 

Download our skills audit to review the skills and knowledge of your governors. Our audit is based on the Department for Education's competency framework and asks governors to rate their confidence against a series of statements. The results can inform your decisions about:

  • Setting actions for governor training and development (used in step 3 below)
  • Who you recruit in the future 

Analyse your board's performance

Use our list of questions to analyse your board's performance across 3 key areas. For each question you’ll also find examples of sources of evidence as prompts to support your answers.

You can use these questions as a focus for discussion or share them with governors in a questionnaire to gather feedback.

As part of this step you should also consider any areas for development identified in your last Ofsted inspection and whether these are being addressed. 

Set actions for improvement

Once you've collected the evidence you need from the steps above, download our template and for each area of evaluation:

  • Rate your board's performance 
  • Provide evidence for the rating
  • Set actions for development

We developed this template in collaboration with Vicky.

Setting targets for governors

Based on the targets you set for the whole board, you'll probably need to set individual targets for governor development as well. 

Read more about creating a governor development plan in another article, which also includes a downloadable plan for your board to use.


Vicky Redding is a governance trainer and consultant. She provides training, advice and support on effective school governance.

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