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Effective Governance: is your governing body prepared for the challenge? June 24, 2013

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in New releases.

Pages from FASNA coverDo you know how school inspectors will be judging effectiveness? Have you considered how you can demonstrate the effectiveness of your governing body?

The latest publication from our blossoming partnership with leading association FASNA, Effective Governance, edited by Joan Binder, is published this week.

This new guide takes a practical approach, with key questions, key actions and key information supported by case studies of good practice from a wide variety of schools. It provides schools with support and guidance in undertaking the responsibilities of governance.

Each section links to the new Ofsted criteria, provides readers with an understanding of ‘effectiveness’ and a framework of questions and actions which they can use to review their current practice and focus on professional development as a governing body.

The case studies are centred on a key question from the relevant section and provide readers with a ‘live’ example of how a school is demonstrating effectiveness.

Case study authors include:

  • Roy Blackwell, from Westminster City School, London;
  • Simon Burton, Dulwich Hamlet Junior School, London;
  • Margaret Aust, Humphrey Perkins School, Leicestershire;
  • Steve Barker, Collingwood College, Surrey;
  • Hayley Trowbridge, Plume School, Maldon;
  • Richard Barnard, Robinswood Primary, Gloucester;
  • Brian Whitfield and Debbie Clinton, Nunthorpe Academy, Middlesbrough;
  • Jayne Harrison and Arthur Goldstraw, Violet Way Academy, Staffordshire;
  • David Wilson, Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy, Nottinghamshire;
  • Chris Thornton, Maldon Primary School, Essex;
  • Diana McLeod, Maltings Academy, Witham, Essex
  • Kevin Eveleigh, Barnby Road Primary Academy, Newark, Nottinghamshire
  • Laurence Upton, school governor and HR professional;
  • Mike Griffiths, Samworth Church Academy, Mansfield;
  • Stuart Warrener, Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership, Avon;
  • Jane Aukett, Tollbar Academy/Cleethorpes Academy, North East Lincolnshire
  • Charlie Grant, Southwark Primary School, Nottingham

As Tom Clark CBE, chair, FASNA, writes in his foreword to the book:

“The demands being made of governors with regard to their role, responsibilities and skills are increasing. Effective Governance is written by governors and is primarily for governors. Each case study describes how governors at the frontline have responded to the accountability requirements that are now being made by government and Ofsted. Schools cannot be judged ‘outstanding’ for leadership unless there is effective governance.

“The educational landscape has changed fundamentally since May 2010 and challenges the emotional, intellectual and political antennae of all governors in ways that may not be comfortable but the fact is that greater professional capacity is required of governors at the very highest strategic level. The culture of a largely one-school perspective for most governors is becoming a need for multi-school perspectives. Welcome or otherwise, Local Authority services and support are reduced.

“This guide can be used as a stand-alone support for governors; it can be used as part of ongoing professional development programmes for governors offered by FASNA; or it can be used for governors to develop their own bespoke training programmes perhaps with FASNA support. Effective Governance can only be a contribution to supporting governors but it is immensely well grounded and practical.”

Effective Governance is available from the John Catt Bookshop for £10.



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