Key Abbreviations and Acronyms
This document has the most common abbreviations and acronyms used across governing bodies and schools.
Governors for Schools – University brochure
This guide sets out the reasons why Universities should work with Governors for Schools.
Governors for Schools – Schools brochure
This guide sets out the reasons why a school should register their governor vacancies with Governors for Schools.
The role of a school governor
This guide sets out the role and responsibilities of a school governor.
Common inspection framework
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.
Handbook for short, monitoring and unannounced behaviour school inspections
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.
School 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.
Overseeing financial sustainability in the further education sector
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.
Schools financial efficiency: top 10 planning checks for governors
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.
Schools financial efficiency: the role of the school governor
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.
Primary school accountability
This guide explains the primary accountability measures, including how a school’s progress scores are calculated.
Guide for Governors and Senior Leaders on new structures – collaborations, federations and mergers
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.
What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online
A list from the Department for Education of all information that schools should publish on their websites.
Further education and skills inspection handbook
Handbook for inspecting further education and skills providers under part 8 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006, for use from 2 January 2018
Keeping children safe in education
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.
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
A Competency Framework for Governance
The knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance in maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts
Published January 2017
Link: Competency Framework
Strengthening Board Assurance
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.
Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17
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