EYFS: role of the link governor

Get up to speed on your role as an Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) link governor. Get to grips with how to monitor the EYFS and what questions you can ask, so you can confidently hold your school leaders to account.

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  1. Understand your role
  2. Hold your school to account
  3. Questions to ask your EYFS lead
  4. How do you manage the transition for pupils from home or nursery into school?
  5. Download our EYFS annual monitoring planner
  6. Ofsted and the EYFS

Understand your role

Work closely with the EYFS lead

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

You need to work closely with the EYFS 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 such as:

  • Curriculum delivery
  • 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 EYFS to important decisions (for instance, about school improvement priorities or policy approval).

Get a solid grounding of the EYFS with our framework and profile summary and model policy.

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