An experienced advisor will review your school’s governance structure and monitoring arrangements. They will spend time in your school or trust; meeting with governors, directors, and leadership teams, as well as reviewing your key governance documentation. You will be provided with a report containing recommendations for changes or improvements that may further benefit your governance structures.
A lack of effective review of governance can mean that weaknesses in governance can remain unnoticed over long periods of time. Two thirds of schools surveyed by Ofsted in 2017 had not engaged in any self-evaluation of governance and had not identified any weaknesses until an Ofsted inspection judged the school to be less than good.
Regular reviews of governance are good practice for any governing body; be it for a maintained school, an academy or a Multi-Academy Trust. As accounts, controls, safeguarding, data protection, and health and safety accountability structures are regularly reviewed by an independent, the accountability structures around the school’s wider governance should be as well. An external review of governance looks at how well your school’s governing body is working. It provides the governing board with an experienced external perspective on how governance is working in the school; providing assurance to the governing body and a list of actions that the school could take to improve its governance further.
Tailored to your needs, a review of governance will support you in identifying what the governing board does well, what needs improving, and recommend specific actions for improvement.