Can the vice-chair cover for the chair?The vice-chair can act as chair when the chair is absent or there is a vacancy in the office of chair. Understand the requirements, and how to manage a chair's leave of absence.
Chairing meetings: your complete guideRead our top tips on how to chair a full governing board meeting – including how to prepare in advance, stick to time and keep things on track. Download our audit to evaluate how effective your current meetings are.
Co-chairs on governing boardsCan two school governors share the role of chair? We look at guidance from the DfE and a local authority, and highlight a case study from a primary school on shared leadership responsibilities. We also relay expert advice on dividing responsibilities and co-chairing a local governing body.
Length of service for a chair of governorsThere is no restriction on the chair of governors serving successive terms, and no limit on their length of service. Read recommendations for appropriate lengths of service, and understand the benefits of restricting terms of office.
Vice-chair: role and responsibilitiesDownload our role description and see examples of responsibilities from a school and a local authority, to help you get a grip on what it means to be the vice-chair.
A clerking competency frameworkWe summarise the clerking competency framework, published in April 2017, in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
Can the clerk be a member of school staff?Can a member of staff also be clerk to the governors? We look at the regulations for maintained schools and academies. This article also includes advice from two of our associate experts, as well as LA guidance, on the advantages and disadvantages of this arrangement.
Clerk to the governing board: role descriptionDownload our model role description to help you hire a clerk with the right skills – it's based on the Clerking Competency Framework. Plus, see examples of job descriptions from schools.
How to carry out your clerk's appraisalYour clerk is your board's governance professional. Learn how to carry out an annual performance review so you can drive high standards and support your clerk's professional development.
Involvement in meetings: clerk to the governing boardHow involved should a clerk be in governing board meetings? This article addresses the clerk's role in meetings, as set out in the clerking competency framework. It also relays an expert's advice on what to do if governors are concerned about the clerk's level of involvement.
Recruiting a clerk (maintained)How can we recruit a clerk to governors? Governing boards can do this through their LA clerking service, or independently. We look at examples of clerking services and link to recruitment resources, including a model person specification based on the clerking competency framework.
Role of the clerk (maintained)What are the duties of the clerk to governors? We cite the regulations on the functions of a clerk in a maintained school, and relay advice on the clerk's role in updating policies. We also look at a job description from a local authority.
The clerk's role in supporting the effectiveness of the governing bodyHow can the clerk ensure the governing body works effectively? We look at regulations and DfE advice on the clerk's role in the effective running of the governing body. We also relay advice from two of our associate education experts about how clerks can help governors work more efficiently.
The role of the clerkWhat is the role of a governing board's clerk? In this article, we look at the role of a clerk as set out in the clerking competency framework and the Governance Handbook. The article applies to clerks in maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts.
Training for clerks to the governing boardClerks should have all of the skills and knowledge set out in the clerking competency framework. Discover what funding is available to you and where to find the training you need.
Assessment: role of the link governorWhat is the role of the link governor for assessment? One of our associate education experts looks at what the role of link governor for assessment involves. The article also includes suggestions of questions the governor could ask of school leaders.
Careers link governor: roleFind out what your role is as a link governor for careers. See what questions you can ask the relevant staff member to support and challenge them during the coronavirus period and beyond.
Curriculum: role of the link governorUnderstand your role as a curriculum link governor, including during coronavirus, and find out what questions you can ask subject leaders to challenge and support them.
EYFS: role of the link governorSee an example role description from a school, find links to information about how the EYFS works, and read example questions to ask about EYFS provision.
Governor induction and training: role of the link governorWhat does the role of training link governor involve? We look at the role of the link governor for training, citing three local authorities and expert advice on who should, and should not, take the role. We also point to our articles looking at governor handbooks and induction packs in more detail.
Governors with responsibility for data analysisNot all governors need to be data experts - but governing boards should have at least one person with the skills to interpret the data they're given. Read this article if you're considering how best to deploy your data specialists.
ICT: role of the link governorWhat is the role of an ICT link governor? We relay advice from One Education and two of our associate education experts on the link governor's monitoring role. We also link to job descriptions from schools, which outline the role of an ICT link governor.
PSHE and citizenship: what questions could a link governor ask?Have a look at examples of questions you could put to relevant members of school staff as a link governor for PSHE education and citizenship. We’ve put these together with the help of our associate education expert Fred Birkett, who has been a school governor for 20 years.
Pupil premium: questions to askSee our list of questions to ask your pupil premium lead about how your school uses pupil premium funding to close the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils. Use the questions in link governor visits or in relevant committee meetings.
Questions to ask subject leadersYou might be asked to meet with subject leaders as part of a school visit, or a board/committee meeting. Be clear on what questions you can ask to challenge and support them.
SEND: questions to askFind out what questions you can ask your SENCO about your school's provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and what to look out for in their answers. Now including questions to ask when monitoring SEND provision during coronavirus.
SEN: role of the link governorClarify your role as the link governor for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Download our role description and get advice on meeting with the SENCO.
Wellbeing link governor: role descriptionUnderstand what your role as a wellbeing link governor involves so you can help your board monitor and embed a wellbeing culture. Get an idea of what questions you can ask your school's wellbeing/mental health lead so you can be a ‘critical friend’.