PSHE and citizenship: role of the link governor

Get to grips with your role as the link governor for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and citizenship. Find out how to monitor these subjects, and save time with our example questions you can ask your senior leaders to hold them to account.

Last reviewed on 5 May 2023
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  1. Your role 
  2. How to monitor your subject(s)
  3. Questions to ask the subject leader
  4. Ofsted and the curriculum 

Your role 

As the link governor for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and/or citizenship, you should:

Work closely with your subject lead(s) 

You're not expected to:

  • Be an expert
  • Judge the subject in the same way an inspector would
  • Know as much as the headteacher or subject lead 

Your role is 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 a link between governors and staff, and to report to the board on things like:

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

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

Familiarise yourself

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