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Governors' Visits

Governors have a key role to play in:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school,
  • holding the headteacher and senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance of the staff,
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school to ensure that money is well spent.
  • Governors Monitoring and Evaluating Progress

    Governors are required to monitor and evaluate the progress that the school is making towards the priorities and targets set out in the School Improvement Plan. Much of this monitoring is done through the headteacher and other members of staff reporting to the Governing Body and its committees.

    Undertaking visits to school supports the monitoring and evaluation process and also enables governors to see at first hand the impact of their policies and plans. A carefully planned visit by a governor can generate evidence that will inform decision making by the whole Governing Body.

    Meeting children, talking to staff and visiting lessons helps members of the Governing Body to understand more fully some of the issues they are required to discuss and make decisions about.

    Governor visits to school are not about:

    • inspection,
    • making judgements about the professional expertise of teachers or other staff members,
    • checking on their own children,
    • pursuing a personal agenda,
    • arriving with inflexible pre-conceived ideas.
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