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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.

Fred Birkett, one of our associate governance experts, helped us with this.

Ofsted will judge how effectively governors monitor the school

It's the chair's job to be sure that effective processes are in place and that the board is organised in such a way to monitor improvement at all levels.

Though the inspection framework changes from time to time, Ofsted will always want to see evidence of how well the board exercises its monitoring function when it judges a school's leadership and management.

Organise and deploy

Based on your board's self-evaluation, organise your governors according to their skillset.

By delegating tasks across the board so all governors can most effectively contribute their knowledge and skills, you can maximise the board's effectiveness while managing workload at the same time.

You'll find this advice in the National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL's) resource for chairs of governors.