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Thought Leadership

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Ethics and Values - Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

How many times do we stop and think about how we are, as a board or individual governor or trustee, effectively discharge the first core function of governance?

06/01/21

Holding to Account Effectively – Some Tips

How would you define holding executive leaders to account?

06/01/21

Effective Challenge

In this article we look at some key areas to consider when putting forward governor challenge.

07/12/20

Trust Board Governance – How it Differs from LGBs

LA Maintained, Academies, Single Academy Trusts, Multi Academy Trusts, so does that mean that governance differs for each?

07/12/20

Confidentiality Matters

There should be an item on confidentiality on every governing board agenda - this short read hopes to generate some of the questions we should be asking about confidentiality – what it is, when it applies and why it matters.

02/11/20

Financial Benchmarking

Producing benchmarking reports has become a staple of a school’s financial monitoring. Here we consider what effects these reports are having, how they can be used to improve a school, and the tools available to achieve this.

02/11/20

Being Strategic: How Clerks Can Help Their Board

Advice on how clerks can support their boards in focussing on strategic matters.

13/10/20

The Role of the SEND Governor

Interested in the role of SEND governor? Read on for a summary of how to be as effective as you can in this important position.

13/10/20

The Importance of a Good Agenda

A well written agenda is a thing of beauty, one of the most powerful instruments in your effective governance toolkit and one which is often overlooked. Fiona Stagg, NLG and clerk, shares how to draft a good agenda.

17/09/20

The Governor’s Role in Headteacher Performance Management

This article by Andy Chell provides a great overview of the process of Headteacher Performance Management

17/09/20