How much does your school’s governing board know about effective staff development and training – and what impact and influence should they be having on your CPD strategies? Maria Cunningham offers some guidance

Some key conversations and experiences with school governors recently have reminded me of how it is surprisingly common for governing boards and trusts to have very little awareness of the importance of staff CPD.

Yet given that a governing body’s number one priority for a school is a high quality of education for pupils, surely it must follow that their number one focus must be constantly improving the quality of teaching.

While governors must be extremely careful not to step into the operational aspects of the school, including the granular detail of training and development opportunities available to teachers, effective governance does require knowing the school, which includes the staff, and asking challenging questions related to teaching and learning.

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