Questions to support self-review

Reviewing board effectiveness is good practice and self-review is one of the main methods that governing boards use to monitor and improve their governance.

Download twenty questions for governing boards (PDF)

Those governing in a multi academy trust (MAT) should refer to twenty-one questions for MATs.

We encourage governing boards to:

  • allocate sufficient time to the process of self-review
  • make these questions an integral part of review and reflection on current practice
  • adapt the questions to cover all aspects of effective governance in their context
  • use independent, expert support and facilitation to make the process effective - NGA has extensive experience of carrying out external reviews of governance
  • draw upon guidance and training provided by NGA and a range of other organisations to support development and strengthen governance

Twenty questions for governing boards was developed by NGA, The Key for School Governors and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Education Governance to support governing board self-review.

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