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Thought Leadership


Will your Strategy deliver your Vision?

Ian Preston explores the importance of aligning your vision, strategy and objectives and presents a plan of action


Clerks: Are you prepared for the meeting?

Experience suggests that many chairs and heads think a clerk can survive with just an agenda and a set of minutes, and few more will begrudgingly let the clerk see the head’s report and the policies. But good governance demands that the clerk sees what the


Making the Most of School Visits

How do you make sure you are making the most of your visits to school? In this article Fiona Stagg looks at best practice.


All about NLGs (National Leaders of Governance)

Some years ago, the DfE decided it would be a good idea to introduce governance champions, experienced Governors who could work with Governing Boards, in this article Andy Chell shares more about the role of the National Leader of Governance.


Productive relationships with Clerks: Top Tips for Headteachers

A good clerk/headteacher relationship contributes to overall good governance. Here are some top tips for creating a harmonious and productive working relationship.


Mental Health: Spot the signs of stress

Increased pupil or staff absence is just one of the signs that there could be a problem with mental health issues within your school but do you know what signs to look for in yourself or in others? Lisa Billingham explores.


Ten Top Tips for Handling Complaints and Concerns in School

Good complaint handling requires strong and effective leadership. Those at the top of the public body should take the lead in ensuring good complaint handling. In this article, Ray Moore explores ten top tips for handling school complaints and concerns.


Skills and Governance

Tim Kitching explores the focus on skills in governance and whether there is a danger that boards can become so focused upon skills that they lose sight of governance.


Striking the Balance: Interesting Governance, Recruitment and Retention

In this paper Ken Lloyd discusses the importance of investing in governor retention and how the role can be enhanced to reduce governor turnover.


Networking for Clerks

Does the idea of networking fill you with dread? You are not alone! Tony Lee explores the idea of networking and how clerks can make sure they don't become isolated.