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How can governors monitor academic performance? We relay advice from 2 of our associate education experts on governors’ role in monitoring academic performance, and how classroom visits, book monitoring and receiving information about teachers' performance can help them fulfil this duty.

Governors’ duty

We asked David Driscoll and Brendan Hollyer, 2 of The Key’s associate education experts, why and how governors should be involved in monitoring academic performance.

David explained that in a maintained school, the governing board has a statutory responsibility to ensure that the National Curriculum is delivered in the school.

The National Curriculum includes teaching requirements that must be fulfilled. Therefore, governors should be able to demonstrate how they are involved in monitoring teaching provision.

David said there are various ways in which the governing board can fulfil its duties in this respect. For example, governors can monitor progress by examining and interrogating the data presented to them by the senior leadership team (SLT).

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