An external review of governance looks at how well your school’s governing board is working. A governance adviser works with the governing board, headteacher and clerk to improve the performance of your governing board.
Ofsted will sometimes recommend that a school has a review. In this case, the purpose of the review is to enable a school to move from a rating of ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ to at least ‘good’. You do not need to wait for an Ofsted inspection recommendation to seek a review. You can arrange an external review of governance at any time to improve the effectiveness of the work of your governing board.
The review is offered as support to improve and develop governance, and not as an additional inspection. It will help your governing board identify priorities for improvement, and provide support on what steps to take.
Extracts from School Ofsted reports in South Gloucestershire:
"A review of governance was carried out, improvements were made and the governing board is now highly effective"
"Since the review there has been an impressive change in the way in which governors support the school and ask challenging questions of senior leaders"