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Curriculum: the governing board's role

Understand what the curriculum is, what it can do and how to evaluate curriculum outcomes.

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One of the most important responsibilities governors and trustees have is to ensure that all pupils are offered a rich and engaging curriculum, which provides the knowledge, skills and personal qualities needed for them to achieve their full potential and live happy and fulfilled lives. It is why we govern and should be a fundamental part of the school or trust’s vision for the future.

Our guide to curriculum effectiveness sets out the legal responsibilities governing boards have in this area, alongside a practical approach to collaborating with school leaders when reviewing curriculum aims and areas for development.

The guide covers:

  • curriculum and assessment requirements
  • how governing boards are responsible
  • being informed about your school/trust curriculum
  • influencing curriculum development
  • monitoring curriculum impact
  • talking to Ofsted about the curriculum

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