Thursday, 8 December 2011

DfE is undertaking a review of School Governance

The Department for Education is currently undertaking a review of governance with a focus on the role of governing bodies in school improvement.  The review is examining:
  • what we expect a highly effective Governing Body would do in relation to school performance;
  • the barriers that commonly prevent Governing Bodies from achieving this;
  • the extent to which changes in policy and at local authority level will impact on Governing Body effectiveness;
  • ways in which the DfE could influence practice.
The review, which will report in the New Year, has identified the following issues:
  • Lack of clear focus on raising attainment and narrowing gaps;
  • Difficulty in attracting and retaining the right people and removing governors who are not performing;
  • Difficulty in accessing and acting on information and data;
  • Difficulty in getting the right relationship between the head teacher and Governing Body.

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