What governing boards should expect from school leaders and what school leaders should expect from governing boards

24 April 2015

‘What governing boards should expect from school leaders and what school leaders should expect from governing boards’ is a joint guidance document from the Association of School and College Leaders, the Local Government Association, the National Association of Head Teachers and the National Governors’ Association that aims to improve the effectiveness of school governance.

Specifically, the paper addresses four key areas: the respective roles of governance and management, developing and supporting the governing board, effective ways of working, and understanding the school and engaging with stakeholders.

Underpinning this paper is an expectation that governing bodies and school leaders will jointly develop effective working practices which are mutually supportive and respectful of each others’ roles and responsibilities. This paper provides some key guiding principles to facilitate that process.