On Thursday 26 November, the Department for Education (DfE) released its latest edition of the Governance Handbook (previously Governors’ Handbook).

You can download a copy here.

The Department for Education (DfE) has set out 10 key questions that it recommends governors ask to better understand and challenge their school’s performance:

  1. What are the school’s values? Are they reflected in our long-term development plans?
  2. How are we going to raise standards for all children, including the most and least able, those with special educational needs, boys and girls, and any who are currently underachieving?
  3. Have we got the right staff and the right development and reward arrangements?

The Department for Education (DfE) has release updated statutory guidance, primarily aimed at local authorities (LAs), for how to deal with “schools that are causing concern” and consequently are “eligible for intervention”. This document is important for governors of LA maintained schools because it outlines the criteria for when a school becomes eligible for "statutory intervention", the outcome of which could be the removal of the governing body and replacement with an Interim Executive Board (IEB). In particular, it sets out in more detail the circumstances in which the DfE thinks that an LA should formally intervene in a school. As this is statutory guidance local authorities must have regard to it.