How Can Headteachers Support Good Governance, and Why Should They?


Well the starting point of this post has to be that I think not only do headteachers have a professional responsibility to support effective governance in their schools, but I also think it’s in their best interests to do so. I once heard John Dunford say, and John is a former secondary headteacher and was general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders from 1998 to 2010, that too many headteachers are happy with their governing bodies being mediocre. And I do understand this. On a personal level, who really enjoys being held to account? I don’t, just ask my boss…

But that’s the governing body’s job. “Ensuring that the headteacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school”, has now been enshrined in law (for maintained schools) as one of the core functions of a governing body, and Ofsted judges governing bodies in schools…

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