This guide has been developed in partnership with Arts Council England, Music Mark and the National Governors Association as a resource to support you in your role as governor and critical friend.

"Studying cultural education subjects, such as art and design, dance, drama and music, sparks creativity across the curriculum, encouraging young people to be inquisitive, disciplined and determined. Wherever children start in life, a high quality cultural education in every school should be a right, not a privilege.

The FFT Governor Dashboard is now available in FFT Aspire. FFT are holding free webinars to explain how they can help governors support and challenge the school leadership team.

The FFT Governor Dashboard has been developed in partnership with the National Governors’ Association and the Wellcome Trust. It clearly displays information about results and pupil progress, subject performance, progress of pupil groups, attendance and school context. Using our platform, school’s performance can be viewed instantly, and flagging up issues that governors can investigate. The Dashboard will also help governors get to grips with government’s new Attainment 8 measure, and from 2016 dashboards will also include Progress 8 analysis.

Succession planning in a governing body is important, as in any organisation, for the stability and progress of the enterprise. This revised and updated edition of the National Coordinators
of Governor Services (NCOGS) document Succession Breeds Success is aimed at assisting governors in managing this process in a positive and constructive way so that governance and
the leadership of the governing body are strong and effective in holding the school to account. It may be used in whole or part by governors and others, on the understanding NCOGS is acknowledged as the source.

Key questions every governing board should ask itself

The National Governors' Association and the Wellcome Trust have launched the Framework for Governance, an essential document for all governing boards to help them effectively carry out their vital role. 

The Framework for Governance sets out how governing boards can evaluate their own practice, using the updated All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Twenty key questions for a governing board to ask itself; how to set the strategic direction for a school; and how to monitor progress against the strategy using high-level performance indicators that go much further than just exam results.