Governors are a valuable but under-used asset to independent schools. Under the day-to-day pressures of running schools, they are too often sidelined, yet are frequently called to account by parents and the media when things go wrong. Both new and experienced governors of independent schools will welcome this lively and informative handbook, originally published in 1998, which describes the positive and constructive role which governing bodies can play in the life of their schools. It provides up-to-date management techniques which can be effectively applied to enhance the quality of education and thereby the attractiveness of schools to parents and students.
Introduction: A Health Warning. 1. What is an Independent School? 2. Governing Bodies – Hands Off? Hands Up? Or Hands On? 3. Organising Governors’ Work 4. Relationships with the Charity Commission, DfEE and Other Bodies 5. The Head Teacher’s Role and Relationships with the Governing Body 6. Governors and School Finances 7. Governors as Investors in People 8. Governors and the Curriculum 9. School Policies and Governors’ Responsibility for Pupils’ Education 10. Governors and Parents 11. Governors in Difficulty. Appendix A: Useful Addresses. Appendix B: Some Useful Things to Read. Appendix C: How Do You Rate Your Governing Body? Index.
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