Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Strengthening leadership through governance: Making a difference

Strengthening leadership through governance

Making a difference

39. These effective governing bodies strengthened leadership by:

 providing an external view and asking questions which challenged school leaders, encouraged alternative solutions to be found or tested proposals before they were adopted

 having high aspirations for pupils, staff and the wider community

 approving and monitoring priorities, ensuring policies were focused on the key priorities of teaching and learning, and increasing the pace of improvement

 supporting the development of leadership potential within the school through effective training and development opportunities

 using their skills, expertise and external networks to complement those of the school leadership team in improving provision and outcomes for pupils

 supporting the appointment and retention of the best staff and actions to address underperformance. For example, in two of the secondary schools, governors participated in all senior and middle leadership appointments. One primary school included a governor on the appointment panel for all posts.

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