EYFS: role of the link governor

Get up to speed on your role as an EYFS link governor. Find out how to monitor the EYFS and what questions you can ask, so you can confidently hold your school leaders to account.

Last reviewed on 17 September 2021
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  1. Your role
  2. How to monitor the EYFS
  3. Questions to ask your subject lead
  4. Ofsted and the EYFS

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.

Bring your more detailed knowledge of the subject to important decisions (for instance, about school improvement priorities or policy approval).

Get a solid grounding of the EYFS with our article and model policy.

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