The TES is reporting that a new report from Ofsted has found that many school governors lack sufficient knowledge to probe and challenge headteachers.
Many school governors lack the expertise needed to hold school leaders to account, according to a new Ofsted report. Weak governors often know little about pupil achievement or budget management at their schools, and therefore fail to challenge headteachers sufficiently, the report concludes.
“When inspectors judge the leadership and management of a school to be less than good, a common underlying weakness is the failure of governors to hold school leaders to account,” the report, published today, states.
Ofsted drew on evidence from 2,632 responses to a call for evidence, along with a close study of governance at 24 improving primary, secondary and special schools.
In another school, parent governors told inspectors that they only knew that teaching and learning were improving because their own children had told them so.
“On all of these boards, governors did not have enough knowledge about their roles and responsibilities,” the report states.
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