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  • Early Years Foundation Stage: visiting the school Is there any guidance for governors visiting the EYFS? We look at guidance in nursery, infant and primary schools' governor visits policies, including what to look at and how to feed back to the governing body. You will also find examples of questions that governors could ask when visiting the EYFS.
  • 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: a chair’s guide and template schedule Use this guide to help plan and prepare for governor's school visits, including remote visits during coronavirus. Download and use our visit and report templates to help prepare your governors.
  • Governor school visits: questions to ask pupils Get more out of your monitoring visits and learning walks - use our questions and advice to talk to pupils with confidence and get the insights you need.
  • Governor school visits: your how-to guide Find out what to do before, during and after your school visits, including if you're doing a remote visit during coronavirus. 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 often do you go into school? See how often other governors go into school for governor duties.
  • How to hold the senior leadership team to account Providing effective challenge to the SLT is a key part of being a governor. There are several ways you can do it - read about them here.
  • 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.
  • Partial closure: your 6 monitoring priorities UpdatedFrom 5 January until half term, schools in England are closed to all but vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers. All other pupils will move to remote learning. Be clear on the key areas of focus that’ll help you support your school leaders during partial closure.
  • Strategic vs operational: practical examples Governors should set the school's strategy and hold senior leaders to account. You shouldn't get involved in the day-to-day, operational running of the school. Sometimes it's hard to walk this fine line, but our practical examples will help you clarify your role.
  • Top tips to get your governors on school visits Find out how you, as the chair, can kick-start your board and encourage all of your governors to be active in school life.