Understand how we operate

About Us

“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.”

Kofi Annon

Why do we undertake the role?

We want the very best for our students as set out in our vision, our mission and each school’s own ethos

We have a moral purpose and know that effective governance makes a real difference to young people 

We have high expectations of governance based on the highest principles of public life 

How do we achieve our vision?

  • We have a clear legal basis for our workWe clearly set out the roles of different groups
  • We clearly set out the expertise, skills and roles of each person
  • We make sure we have the right people round the table with high expectations
  • We make sure that everyone has the knowledge & skills needed
  • We plan effectively, set ambitious targets and check progress regularly
  • We have a range of policies to guide our work
  • We have a clear school improvement strategy which guides our work
  • We believe that accountability should be at the heart of our work

What do we do to make it all work?

  • We have standardised agendas for meetings
  • We structure our visits into school carefully and always provide feedback
  • We have a clear monitoring schedule for schools
  • We set agendas and dates a year in advance
  • We set out our strategic goals and share them widely
  • We plan to improve our governance at every opportunity
  • We endeavour to make our communications of the very highest quality 
and clarity
  • We ensure that self evaluation should drive everything we do
  • We make use of best expertise available nationally

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