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Governors' question bank
Questions to ask about ...
- Analysing pupil progress
- Your school's performance data in primary and secondary schools
- Pupil premium
- The quality of teaching
Pupil health and wellbeing
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Health and safety
- General questions to ask pupils when you're on school visits and learning walks
Finance and resources
- The school budget
- Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS)
- Restructuring your staff
- Academy conversion
Different curriculum subjects
- PSHE and citizenship
- General questions you can adapt for whichever subject leader you're speaking to
Top tips for asking good questions
Understand the subject first. Read up on the issue to:
- Get familiar with the jargon – our glossaries can help
- Be aware of any statutory requirements your school needs to meet
- Find out how the issue normally works in practice
A good question:
- Is open – you shouldn't be able to answer with a yes or no
- Usually starts with 'what', 'why' or 'how'
- Isn't leading, and doesn't have one specific answer in mind
- Focuses on the strategic impact of the item in question, not on day-to-day operational concerns
- Is challenging, but not negative or antagonistic
- Why do you think that?
- How do you know that?
- What evidence do you have?
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