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Download Being Strategic: A guide for governing boards

Ensuring clarity of vision and strategic direction is one of the three core functions of governing boards. To assist governors and trustees in their strategic role, the National Governance Association and Wellcome have published Being Strategic: a guide for governing boards, three years after the popular original guide – a Framework for Governance – was released.

Following extensive feedback and consultation with governors, trustees and senior leaders and drawing on practical experience and real life examples, Being Strategic offers a robust annual cycle for creating, monitoring and reviewing strategy. It provides advice, poses questions for governing boards on each stage of the cycle, and supports school leaders in taking a broad and long-term perspective.

With an evolution in governance over recent years – including the growth of multi academy trusts – there is now a diverse range of governance structures. Therefore, the guide has been written to offer leaders in all settings a framework that they can use to set a strategy for their organisation.

The guidance urges governing boards to look beyond narrow academic performance measures when monitoring the strategy stating ‘in the interest of pupils [the measures] must consider the whole education offer. Not all improvement priorities are quantitative and some of the most important outcomes will not lend themselves to simple quantitative measurement.’

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