One of the core functions of governors is to ensure clarity of vision. Myatt (2016: 79) has made the point that
The strongest governing bodies express hope for their school.
This statement is the basis of the core question governors should ask themselves when they start thinking of their vision for their school.
Tarnow (2001) suggests that an organisation’s vision statement can serve the same purpose as that of a team jersey; it can serve to unite people to work towards a shared goal. Every organisation, irrespective of its size or its purpose, needs to be able to define its vision; its hopes for the future. Smith (2016) has discussed why a clearly defined vision is important. Although he has focused on corporate companies, what he says is equally applicable to schools. According to him, amongst other things, vision helps companies create effective strategies. As governing bodies are responsible for…
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