Headteacher's report to governors: template and guidance

Use our template to make sure the headteacher's report has all the information it needs to do its job well.

Last reviewed on 20 March 2024See updates
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  1. Agree on the scope, format and frequency with your board
  2. Give governors the right amount of information
  3. Download and adapt our template 
  4. Make your report available to anyone who asks

Some of the information in this article is based on the governance handbook. Although this guidance has now been withdrawn, the recommendations below are still relevant.

Agree on the scope, format and frequency with your board

You need to provide your governing board with the information it needs to do its job well. 

Work with your board to: 

  • Check what they'd like you to include in the report and agree on the scope and format
  • Agree on the frequency of your reports. Make sure you and the other governors take work-life balance into account and avoid busy periods, such as exams. Most headteachers report to governors 3 times a year

If you're a new headteacher, decide on the scope and format before you start producing reports, as

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