12 Apr NGA Bulletin Board April 2012
The cover story for the April bulletin from the NGA is:
“Stronger Governance Systems”
In 2009, the then Department for Children, Schools and Families produced a programme designed to help governors improve the quality and impact of the contributions they make, so that they can support and challenge schools effectively. The main focus of the programme is school improvement, and it contains practical advice for strengthening the strategic role over the operational one. It was produced to work alongside guidance from the NGA and local authorities.
There are four elements:
- roles, responsibilities and accountabilities
- school improvement planning
- key indicators of how the school is doing
- school self-evaluation – the role of governors
Even though Ofsted no longer provides a central self-evaluation form (SEF), schools still need to carry out self-evaluation. The document takes you through how to evaluate the governing body’s own effectiveness, as well as the quality of the process.
The programme is free, and available on the NGA website: http://www.nga.org.uk/Resources/Useful-Documents/Stronger-Governance-Systems.aspx
There’s plenty of other useful information in April’s bulletin, including news about funding reforms, regional NGA meeting dates and news about DfE consultations.
Download April Bulletin as pdf here NGA Bulletin Board 04 12