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Understand your role as a literacy link governor and questions you can ask literacy subject leaders to challenge and support them.

We worked with our associate education experts, Nicki Wadley, Jane Owens and Lorraine Petersen to write this article.

Your role

You should:

Work closely with the subject lead

You're not expected to be an expert, to judge the subject the same way an inspector would, or to know as much as the headteacher.

You need to work closely with the subject lead to get the insights you need to help the board hold staff to account and drive improvement.

Be the board's specialist

Your job is to act as the link between governors and staff and to report to the board on things like:

  • Subject delivery
  • The impact of interventions
  • Use of resources
  • Attainment and progress

You can help other governors understand what aspects of teaching and learning look like in practice.

How to monitor your

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