The article below has been taken from NGA News Site, the actual document is available to download at the bottom of the page.
What governing boards should expect from school leaders and what school leaders should expect from governing boards has been updated for 2017.
The National Governance Association (NGA), the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Local Government Association (LGA) have collaborated to produce a new edition of this popular guidance document.
Effective working between those leading and those governing schools is vital to improving education for children and young people. This joint guidance aims to improve the effectiveness of governance by developing effective, mutually supportive and respectful working practices.
Among the expectations this document makes clear are that while governors must have the confidence to have courageous conversations, in turn, school leaders must be willing to be challenged. And while governors must be knowledgeable about the school, including its pupils, staff and community, in turn, school leaders must provide information to them in the appropriate way.
The paper has been broken down into four key areas: the respective roles of governance and management, developing and supporting the governing board, effective ways of working, and understanding the organisation and engaging with stakeholders.
The new edition has been updated to reflect the growing number of schools that are governed as part of multi-academy trusts as well as to emphasise the importance of diversity on the governing board.
Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the NGA, said: “In any sector where an organisation fails there has been a failure of governance. In order to prevent any school from failing its pupils, we need to ensure that governance is strong. This document, now in its fourth edition, is the most important resource we have on the topic of roles and responsibilities.
It’s essential to ensure that the relationship between governing boards and school leaders is dynamic and productive, allowing everyone to direct their efforts towards the improvement of education and the sustainability of the organisation”.
What we expect is an invaluable tool for governors and senior school leaders which sets out best practice in building productive relationships to promote school improvement. I would recommend all schools to use it as a reference guide and support to building and sustaining effective school leadership”.