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Questions to ask about educational performance

Examples of questions governors and trustees might ask about the attainment and progress of all pupils and specific pupil groups.


The following are examples of the type of questions that governors and trustees might ask about educational performance in full governing board meetings, committee meetings or on monitoring visits.

The questions are adapted from section 3.3 of The Governance Handbook and explore the following themes:

  • benchmarking performance
  • addressing underperformance
  • pupil premium impact
  • provision for pupils with special educational needs
  • evaluating the performance of specific pupil groups
  • pupils’ preparedness for later life

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