Numeracy/maths: role of the link governor

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

Last reviewed on 20 February 2023
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  1. Your role
  2. How to monitor your subject
  3. Questions to ask subject leaders
  4. Data questions to ask the subject leader
  5. Ofsted and the curriculum

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

How to