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.

The report of the largest survey ever undertaken on the state of school governance by the University of Bath and the National Governors’ Association was published and presented to government on 15th May 2014.

Based on a survey of over 7,500 school governors across England it estimates that the value of governors’ contribution to the education system at over £1bn. Governors of all types of schools took part, including academy governors.

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.

Role of a school governor:

To contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.