As you will know, since September 2015 there have been major changes to the way schools are inspected by Ofsted and governance now has a much greater significance. Ofsted are treating governors in a very different way – as key people in holding schools to account. In order to help you do this more effectively we have arranged a training session to guide you through the framework and ensure you are familiar with the questions you will be asked during an inspection and how to answer them. The session will be led by Dr Rachael Norman, Lambeth School Improvement Adviser, and part of it will be interactive so that you can engage with the framework and think about it in the context of your school.
The contribution of governors to the school’s performance is evaluated as part of the judgement on the effectiveness of leadership and management. In making this judgement in schools, inspectors will consider whether:
- governors have created a culture that enables pupils and staff to excel and are committed unwaveringly to setting high expectations for the conduct of pupils and staff.
- governors focus on consistently improving outcomes for all pupils, but especially for disadvantaged pupils and are uncompromising in their ambition.
- governors systematically challenge senior leaders so that the effective deployment of staff and resources, including the pupil premium, the primary PE and sport premium and SEN funding, secures excellent outcomes for pupils.
- governors challenging leaders about variations in outcomes for pupil groups, especially between disadvantaged and other pupils.
- governors have a deep, accurate understanding of the school’s effectiveness informed by the views of pupils, parents and staff and use this to keep the school improving by focusing on the impact of their actions in key areas.
- governors use incisive performance management that leads to professional development that encourages, challenges and supports teachers’ improvement and ensures that teaching is highly effective across the school.
The purpose of this training is to ensure that governors feel secure in their knowledge and understanding of the new framework; how inspectors make their judgements; and how the effectiveness of governors will be judged within leadership and management.
THIS BRIEFING IS FREE - to book a place, please contact your School Business Manager/School Admin Officer.
This course is suitable for all governors, in particular those whose schools are due for inspection.