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Evalu8ing Your Governing Board

Good governance is essential to the success of any school.  As governors, you have a key role in facilitating this success, but how do you know if you are doing so effectively?

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) previously published the Twenty questions every governing board should ask itself which was designed to help governing boards to evaluate their own performance. These questions have been used extensively by many governing boards across England when reviewing their governance practice.

However, organising, distributing, explaining and analysing a paper based survey takes up a significant amount of time, and sometimes participants can be reluctant to be frank with their responses. In addition, identifying issues and the options for implementing any necessary changes can be tricky.

We are conscious of the enormous time commitment already required of you and so have teamed up with Evalu8 to provide an online version of the 20 questions which provides a robust and time-effective solution for a very reasonable price.

What does Evalu8 for Schools include?

Governors can complete the 20 questions whenever they have the time, whenever it is convenient to do so.

Results can be produced by the administrator (typically the clerk) in seconds, literally at the touch of a button.

The results are set out in a clear colour coded format which makes it really easy to identify potential areas for development.

As with the Chairs' 360 appraisal tool, included in the service is a telephone mentoring session with an NGA consultant. This is a very valued aspect of the chairs' 360 appraisal as it gives the opportunity to discuss the issues with an experienced professional who will help analyse the results ensuring that the key areas for development are identified, and will contribute ideas and suggestions for improving governance practice.

This tool is suitable for all local authority maintained schools' governing boards, and for single academy trusts. 

Getting started

The package is available at £225. If your governing board are GOLD members of NGA you can take advantage of the special discounted price of £199.

If you have any questions about the self-evaluation tool, contact us by phone on 0121 237 3780 (option 5)

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