Governors explore how they can improve the challenge
provided to the head and senior leaders and
become a more effective 'Critical Friend'
Improved challenge and support from Governors. Being a constructive critical friend by providing challenge and support is a key role of a Governor. Holding senior leaders to account for how they are implementing the school’s vision and driving school improvement, and how this drives a good education for pupils.
Whilst this is important, it is also quite hard to do, if for example, the Governor is not from an education background, or they do not fully understand their role. This can be especially tricky for parent and staff governors, who have more than one hat.
Shaping Governance helps governors to explore how they can improve the challenge provided to the head and senior leaders. It also helps them to explore other ways to triangulate information, and focus on the key questions that they should ask.
Shaping Governance also helps parent governors and staff governors to develop a concise view of their role, how they can use their own experience to enhance decisions and add value.