Resources and guidance to help you become an effective school governor

The common inspection framework sets out how Ofsted inspects maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings in England.

Link: The Common Inspection Framework

This handbook brings together guidance to inspectors and schools about inspections carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. Section 8 enables Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) to conduct inspections for a range of purposes, including monitoring visits by Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) to schools that are in a category of concern following a section 5 inspection.

Link: Section 8 Inspection Handbook

This handbook describes the main activities undertaken during inspections of schools in England under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. It sets out the evaluation criteria that inspectors use to make their judgements and on which they report.

Link: School Inspection Handbook

This report examines whether oversight bodies can monitor the further education sector’s financial health in a way that allows them to protect public investment and maximise its value, and intervene effectively when problems arise.

Link: Overseeing Financial Stability

The following top 10 planning checks are to support school and academy governors by providing information to help governors understand effective financial management. Governors can then use this information to make sure their school is efficient in managing its resources.

Link: Schools Financial Efficiency - 10 Checks for Governors

School governors and academy trust members and trustees have an important role in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in their school.

Link: Schools Financial Efficiency

This guide explains the primary accountability measures, including how a school’s progress scores are calculated.

Link: Primary School Accountability

The purpose of this guide is to provide practical support for college boards who are considering structural change, either because that is deemed necessary or because they have been prompted to by the area review process.

Link: Guide for Governors and Senior Leaders on new structures

A list from the Department for Education of all information that schools should publish on their websites.

Link: What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online

Handbook for inspecting further education and skills providers under part 8 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006, for use from 2 January 2018

Link: Further Education and Skills Inspection Handbook

Keeping children safe in education is statutory guidance from the Department for Education for schools and colleges who  must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Link: Keeping Children Safe in Education

The Governance handbook is guidance from the Department for Education. It sets out the government’s vision and priorities for effective governance

Link: Governance Handbook

The knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance in maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts Published January 2017

Link: Competency Framework

Report from the Association of Colleges, West Midlands, looking at how boards can ensure that colleges are taking early and effective action to secure their long-term financial sustainability and the continued delivery of high quality education and training to the communities they serve.

Link: Strengthening Board Assurance

Ofsted's Annual Report presents their findings for the areas they inspect in early years childcare, schools, further education and skills and social care.

Link: Ofsted's Annual Report