Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Governor's Heads-Up: Don't Leave Us Waiting

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Governor's Heads-Up: Don't Leave Us Waiting

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For governors to act as critical friends, they must know a lot about a school: the quality of education it offers; the progress and achievements of its pupils (including their social, moral, cultural and spiritual development); the standard of behaviour; and the ability of the leadership team to inspire growth and development.

Governors garner this data first-hand through school visits, secondhand via reports from the senior management team and third-hand by way of information from the local authority or the inspectorate.

The most potent source of knowledge is the headteacher's report for the termly governors' meeting. If this arrives late (or not at all), how on earth can governors digest the information and ask questions that will lead to meaningful dialogue and developments?

When headteachers are late submitting their reports, they usually trot out one of two reasons. Some say they want the information to be as up to date as possible, hence the lateness. …

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