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