It is good practice for a governing body to review its own effectiveness regularly. There are skills audits and self-evaluation tools that will help you reflect on whether your constitution, membership and skills are fit for purpose:
- 20 Questions for GBs to ask themselves:
- NGA skills audit:
- AoC’s website has a number of guidance notes that provide a brief introduction to the processes of self-assessment and getting the best from a board. Further information on this can be obtained from the Repository section of AoC’s Governance Library.
There are a range of trained and experienced people, such as National Leaders of Governance, who may be able to help you with this process.
Conversion to academy status is a good opportunity to review and revitalise the membership and constitution of the governing body. Under the Government’s current plans, maintained schools will be expected to do the same as they re-constitute under the 2012 Constitution Regulations by September 2015.
This process of review will help you take stock, and decide for yourselves how many governors you need and what skills you need – and how your current governing body compares with that ideal. You can then identify your training needs and set out to recruit new governors to fill any gaps.