The move beyond effective:
Key themes for local authority governor services from the 2013/2014 school improvement inspections

This paper takes a forensic look into the local authority school improvement (LASI) inspections conducted by Ofsted. In particular, it focuses on governor services and challenges to governors in England.

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The report draws primarily from three sources:

  • the Ofsted LASI inspection reports
  • the focused school improvement (FSI) letters
  • key interviews conducted with school improvement officials and heads of governor services from across a number of relevant local authorities

It covers:

  • The ‘Trojan Horse’ affair, drawing upon the Clarke and Kershaw reports to highlight common themes between other local authorities and Birmingham City Council.
  • Key themes from LASI inspections that have already taken place and looks to see what Ofsted were looking for when they went into these local authorities.

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