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Effective relationships with your governors

The effectiveness of governing bodies is now strongly linked to school improvement and successful inspection outcomes. Harry James considers some of the basics of strong relationships between leadership and governors

Gone are the days when being a governor was another status badge to collect, and all that it involved was attending a few meetings a year to hear what the headteacher had to say and turning up for the school fête.

Governance has undergone a transformation. It is now recognised that the role of governance is an integral part of leadership and management of a school and, consequently, judged as such. This is clearly reflected in recent Ofsted inspections, and any school where the quality of governance is categorised as "requires improvement" or worse, now risks a similar judgement for the school as a whole.

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