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Is there any guidance on setting up visits for governors? We look at the purpose of governor visits, and advice on how to conduct them. We also link to our sister service, The Key for School Governors.

Purpose of governor visits 

Boards need to know their school if accountability is going to be robust and their vision for the school is to be achieved Many boards find that visiting, particularly during the day, is a helpful way to find out more about the school Through pre-arranged visits that have a clear focus, the board can see for themselves whether the school is implementing the policies and improvement plans they have signed off and how they are working in practice Visits also provide an opportunity to talk with pupils, staff and parents to gather their views, though are unlikely to be sufficient for these purposes Governors are not inspectors and it is not their role to assess the quality or method of teaching or extent of learning Governors are not school managers and should make sure they don't interfere in the day-to-day running of the school If governors wish to spend time within a

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