Study time: 15 minutes

Two of the governance core functions are focused on supporting the senior executive leader and their team through robust accountability. This means asking questions, challenging decisions and even having a courageous conversation when necessary. It is relevant whether monitoring school improvement strategy or checking on compliance matters.

Understanding what is expected and how to do it effectively is therefore critical part of the governance role. This module explores how you and your board currently operate and how to question until you get a satisfactory response. It also asks when a courageous conversation might be needed.

This module covers:

  • The role of the governing board in effective challenge
  • The types of questions governing boards should ask
  • When a courageous conversation is needed

If your school is subscribed to Learning Link, you can find this module in the ‘Learning’ section of your account, under the Good Governance category.

94% of users who have completed the module would recommend it to fellow governors

90% of users who have completed the module say that it will help improve their governance practice

What our learners say:

“Good questions and scenarios”

 “Although we are on track, this module has boosted my confidence to ask challenging questions.”

Our subject matter expertise

The content of this module has been written by our in-house subject matter expert:

Paul Aber – Head of Training Development

Paul AberPaul leads and manages NGA’s face to face training, e-learning and funded development programmes for schools and academies.  This includes working alongside NGA's Head of Consultancy recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers.

Prior to joining NGA, Paul was centre director at the University of Law in York where his role included strategic planning and quality assurance.

Paul has many years’ experience of governance including maintained schools and academy trusts.

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