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Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful
Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful

DfE's vision for effective governance

The Department for Education (DFE) defines the role of  governing bodies in the Governor's Handbook.

It says:

 

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on the core strategic function:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

It defines that effective governance is based on six key features:

  1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
  2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
  3. People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
  4. Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  5. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
  6. Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance

 

In the School Governance Regulations the Department for Education explains that the purpose of the governing body is to:

  • Help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement.
  • Keep the pressure up on school improvement.
  • Be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice.
  • Make the school accountable to the public for what it does.
  • Work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review.
  • Exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher.
  • Not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school.
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