The elements of a successful Governing body
Understanding their strategic role
The Governing Body needs to build a productive and supportive relationship with the headteacher while holding them to account for school performance and taking hard strategic decisions in the light of objective data
Having the necessary skills and commitment
This includes the ability to challenge the school, bring about improvement and hold leaders to account for performance
An effective chair
To lead and manage the governing body as well as evaluating their performance regularly in the light of Ofsted expectations and other good practice and making changes as necessary to improve their effectiveness.
Governors should be committed to asking challenging questions, should develop good relationships based on trust and should know their school, its staff, pupils and local community.
The National Governors Association (NGA) says the academies programme has brought more autonomy to schools so governing boards have more responsibility than ever and need training.
How we can help
We have experience of working with many academy clients at board level and can provide help and support to improve the Governance of your school. We can provide training, both to ensure that your governors fully understand their role, as well as to equip them with the knowledge to more effectively challenge school leadership.
We can provide support in areas such as:
- Governor training
- Establishing a risk register
- Responsible Officer testing
- Reviews and recommendations on systems and internal controls
- The structure of an academy or Multi Academy Trust (MAT) board and the requirement for specific committees
- The implications of joining with other schools to become a MAT, including financial due diligence work to ensure protection of academy assets and fund balances
- Compliance with the academies financial handbook