Take on the elements with a framework for governance

09/01/2015 08:23:18 | with 0 comments

Originally posted as a guest blog for NAHT. See the full blog here.  

This week the Wellcome Trust and the National Governors’ Association launch a new guide to help governors and trustees with their most important role - thinking and planning strategically. This new guide, researched and designed by the Wellcome Trust’s Sir John Holman, Hilary Leevers and Nancy Wilkinson and by NGA’s Ellie Howarth, is here to help.Chief executive of NGA, Emma Knights, introduces A Framework for Governance and looks ahead to the future of school governance in 2015 and beyond.  

At this time of year we can’t help but think about the elements. They tend to be, unfortunately, wind, ice and rain. But we’ve chosen this evocative word to divide up the revised edition of A Framework for Governance because, apart from wrapping up warm, we need governors to think deeply about the fundamentals.

Here at NGA we come across a lot a research and information about schools. Our job is to rip away the polystyrene and give governors just the stuff they need. Well, school governors need to know how to think and plan ahead and what the best evidence is to demonstrate that progress is being made. With this guide we show in a few pages how to develop and evaluate a school strategy.

Governing boards have more responsibility than ever before.  Rightly, we are held accountable for the performance of the school by Ofsted. To help deliver on these high expectations A Framework for Governance gives governors and trustees the means to evaluate their own practice and that of the school or group of schools.  It includes an updated ‘Twenty Key Questions for a Governing Board to Ask Itself’; guidance on how to set the strategic direction for a school and how to monitor progress against the strategy using targets that go much further than just exam results. (Article continues)

Wait! you might enjoy reading:

Understanding the new Ofsted framework for school improvement inspections, by Tom Fellows

Governors and data, by Ellie Howarth 

School Governing Boards and CPD, by Clare Collins

 

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