Monitoring and school visits

  • 22 questions to ask in 2022
    Have our handy list of monitoring questions up your sleeve as you get back into the swing of things this new year. See what to ask your school leaders, and what to look for in a good answer, to keep you all focused and on track.
  • Governor school visits
    Read our one-page summary of governor monitoring visits so that you understand what they are and what’s expected of you. Download a copy to share with your governing board.
  • Governor school visits: your how-to guide Free sample
    Find out what to do before, during and after your school visits, including if you're doing a remote visit. Be clear on what's expected of you with our dos and don’ts, and use our template reports to take notes on your monitoring visits and learning walks.
  • How to hold the senior leadership team to account
    Providing challenge to the senior leadership team (SLT) is a key part of being a governor. Find out how to do it effectively, including how to involve SLT members in governing board meetings and what to do if problems arise.
  • How to monitor your school effectively
    Even the most ambitious school improvement plans won't yield results without proper monitoring. Work out the best way to organise and deploy your governors in a way that works for your school.
  • School visits: looking at pupils' work
    Understand what your role is when looking at pupils' work, when you might want to do it and what to look out for. See examples of how other governors use pupils' work when visiting schools.
  • Strategic vs operational: practical examples
    Governors should set the school's strategy and hold senior leaders to account - not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school. Sometimes it's hard to walk this fine line, but our practical examples will help you clarify your role.