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.

Consultation on twenty questions

Feedback is being sought from governors, trustees, governance professionals, and individuals and organisations that support governance as part of the National Governance Association’s (NGA) new consultation on the long-standing 20 and 21 questions for board self-review.

NGA is seeking feedback on how boards have used the questions in the past; how the questions have helped to shape and improve practice; and any areas of self-review that are not currently covered.

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