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Three questions to harness the power of your school governors

Governors in the charitable sector often ask three core questions when interrogating a strategy for improvement or change. These are questions that school governors should also be asking. John Smith explores strong and constructive governorship
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The role of governors is often overlooked and under-used in school development and school improvement strategies. At its worst, a board of governors can be passive and disengaged; at its best, it can provide invaluable scrutiny, challenge, and support.

As school leaders, we could often do more to harness the power of great governorship and, as I will argue and explain in this article, we can learn from the best charity trustees, who regularly ask three powerful questions of any strategic plan:

Having spent a number of years as a parent-governor, I recently took up a position as a board director of a multi-academy trust. In both roles, the induction training was excellent, but only through experience have I understood how to get the most out of the role, and how the role can get the most out of me.

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