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The Questions That Governors Should Ask

And what makes challenge appropriate?


All governing boards have three core functions: - setting a clear vision for the future and an agreed strategic direction and holding executive leaders to account for educational standards and financial performance.

In order to fulfill these functions governors need to have the right information and be able to ask the right questions.


All those involved in governance are expected to possess an enquiring mind and an analytical approach and understand the value of meaningful questioning; to provide appropriate challenge to the status quo, not taking information or data at face value and always driving for improvement. All governors should be able to contribute to courageous conversations and express their opinion. (DfE Competency Framework for Governance, March 2019)

This may sound daunting and even a bit confrontational, but it’s not. In this course we will look at what you need to know and what you need to ask in order to do your job. We will look at:

  • The three core functions in terms of information and questions.
  • What is meant by challenge and how do you do it as well as what makes challenge appropriate or inappropriate.
  • When it may be necessary to have a courageous conversation and reach a conclusion.
  • Statutory duties and questions.
  • The relationship between the Headteacher and the governing board and how to ensure that it remains constructive.


By the end of the course participants will have reviewed the questions that governors need to ask in order to fulfill their core functions and to meet their statutory duties.

Booking Information

To book your place, please contact your School Business Manager.


The course is suitable for all governors.

31 Oct 2019 18:30 - 20:30

Closing date: 31/10/2019
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Date and Time

31 Oct 2019 18:30 - 20:30


Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2 1EF Tel: 020 3757 8500


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