National Governing Body Self-Evaluation

The National Governing Body Self-Evaluation template reflects Estyn’s Common inspection framework. The template refers to the 5 inspection areas:

  • Part B – How good are standards?
  • Part C – How do we evaluate wellbeing and attitudes to learning?
  • Part D – How good are teaching and learning experiences?
  • Part E – How good are care, support and guidance?
  • Part F – How good are leadership and management?

Governing bodies are increasingly expected to be at the heart of strategic planning, working closely with the headteacher and the senior leadership team. This template is a tool to assist you and your school leaders, to:

  • improve governing body effectiveness;
  • implement, assess and review approaches to achieve this improvement; and
  • show how effective school governance leads to improving standards in education and wellbeing.

It is also about celebrating the work you do. It will help you to focus on how you have made, and can continue to make, a difference. We are aware that many governing bodies engage fully in a review of their school’s self-evaluation report, which identifies the strengths and areas for improvement in the school. This new template will complement the school’s self-evaluation report by focusing on the effectiveness with which governors carry out their roles and responsibilities. It asks governors to consider if they have sufficient information, knowledge and expertise in all the aspects of their responsibilities and if they fulfil their statutory duties efficiently and effectively. The school self-evaluation report will be essential in assisting the governing body to complete the assessment of their own effectiveness. The process may prove useful in clarifying the roles and responsibilities of both the governing body and those of the headteacher.

There is an example of a ‘quick’ evaluation process in Annex A and governors may wish to complete this as a precursor to the more detailed version. Indeed, we know that there will be many governing bodies that will continue to use this to complement their overall assessment using the full document.

We hope you will find the template and guidance notes useful in developing your support and challenge role. We would very much welcome any feedback you have on this work, particularly if you have examples of good practice you would like to share.