Training / Event Details


Monitoring in Practice

THIS COURSE IS NOW CANCELLED 18.4.19 LC How governors can be effective in their monitoring role


Governing Boards have three key purposes:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
In order to carry out the second and third of these core purposes, governing boards need to gather information and data on financial performance and academic performance including the progress of specific groups. They also need to monitor the implementation and impact of the policies they set.
There are many ways to gather the information and data needed by the governing body, and there are many pitfalls that can upset the relationship between governors and staff.
The monitoring course explains the scope and limitations of the governors’ role ensuring that the school can make good academic progress and that there is a professional relationship between governors and staff. It gives detailed advice about how to run governor visits to the school, what data to seek and how a well-planned programme can be easily managed.
It can build on the Headteacher Appraisal course.


The governing board has responsibility for holding the headteacher to account and monitoring school performance. This course is designed to help governors understand how they can maximise their effectiveness in monitoring.

The themes covered will include:
  • why monitor
  • how to make monitoring strategic
  • monitoring through board meetings, committees and school visits
  • using evidence to support your monitoring
  • protocols and policies
  • handling headteacher accountability


As a result of attending, delegates should:
  • Understand how effective governing boards undertake monitoring
  • Know the types of evidence to look for when monitoring
  • Understand how to be strategic in monitoring
  • Know what Ofsted says about governors and monitoring
  • Know how to provide challenge and support to the head through monitoring
  • Have practical ideas and tools to take back into school

Booking Information

Customers will be provided with tea/coffee on arrival and mid-morning.

We recommend that you book your place on this event as soon as possible to ensure a place is available, and so that suitable resources and any special dietary requirements can be provided for you.

We know that if you have booked onto an event you will usually have arranged cover and be looking forward to the day. However, if circumstances change and you find you will be unable to attend a session you are booked onto please cancel via as soon as possible. You will not be expected to incur the course fee if Ofsted are inspecting your school on the date of the event. However, if a place is cancelled for any other reason schools will be charged the full fee if a place is cancelled within 21 days of the event.

Please be aware that some venues will not be able to honour requests for special requirements (e.g. dietary) if you have not booked a place more than 10 days before an event/network.

If you have any questions, please call 01609 798864 or email

23 May 2019 09:30 - 12:30

School Improvement and Early Years Service
Contact Provider

Date and Time

23 May 2019 09:30 - 12:30


Pavilions of Harrogate (Please / report to reception on arrival), Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8NZ


Stuart Boothman