Last reviewed on 11 November 2020
School types: All · School phases: All
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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.

What are they?

'Monitoring visits' are where individual governors go into the school to:

  • See how a specific aspect of the school works in practice
  • Check progress is being made towards the school’s strategic objectives

As a governor, you’ll be assigned to a particular area of the school. You might be formally appointed as a ‘link governor’, but not always. 

You’ll usually go in and meet the staff member responsible for this area 3 times over the year. For example, the literacy link governor will meet the literacy subject lead.

Broadly, there are 2 types of visit