This is part of a series which started here: Lessons Learnt from Ofsted’s Reviews of Governance – and how to avoid having one. After a short meander into how headteachers can support good governance, we’re onto lesson one – don’t rely on your headteacher.
What I mean is, of course, don’t ONLY rely on your headteacher for the information that the governing body receives. I don’t often find people arguing with this principle (though I have to say I’ve come across a few headteachers who are resistant to the concept). In principle it’s obvious isn’t it? One of the governing body’s core functions is “Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils” (Governors’ Handbook page 6). How can we do that if the only source of information we have is the headteacher themselves and we have no way of cross referencing what they tell us?