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Background
Since 2013 Karen Frost, of Values Based Leadership,
has been accredited as a National Leader of Govern-
ance (NLG). She was able to apply to the National
College for Teaching and Leadership to gain the
qualification to become an NLG because she has
been Chair of Governors at a large high school for a
number of years and because the school is graded
outstanding for leadership and management. NLG’s
go through additional training to develop their skills
as school governor reviewers and this has resulted
in Karen undertaking a number of Governor Re-
views requested by Ofsted (Office for Standards in
Education, Children’s Services & Skills).
Karen recently worked with a rural Primary School
set in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside in
England. The school received a very challenging
Ofsted report following a full inspection in June
2013. Leadership and management were graded as
‘requires improvement’ and the report recommend-
ed that the school undertake a full review of govern-
ance because governance of the school was found to
be weak. The subsequent Section 8 visit in October
2013 identified that not enough progress had been
made by governors and again a governor review
was recommended.
In November 2013 the Executive Headteacher
asked Karen Frost to undertake a full review as part
of the Post Ofsted Action Plan. There was a clear
recognition that the existing practices of the govern-
ing body were not adequate for the current leader-
ship challenges and the on-going scrutiny of Ofsted.
Solution
There is a set format for how an NLG should facili-
tate a governor review, however, there are signifi-
cant differences between schools and the range of
challenges they face. So, although there were specif-
ic requirements included in the review and the sub-
sequent report, Karen was able to offer her exten-
sive knowledge and understanding of governance,
Case Study:
Governor
Reviews
Book Review
The Extraordinary Coach: How the
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Reviewed by Karen Frost
Values Based Leadership
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
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