Ofsted has updated their school inspection handbooks to reflect changes in legislation following the Education and Adoption Act 2016. This legislation altered the powers of local authorities and regional schools commissioners (RSCs) to intervene in schools.
There have also been updates to some aspects of the handbook relating to governance. The handbook now states (paragraph 85) that, where a school is in a multi academy trust (MAT), inspectors will ensure they meet with those “directly responsible for exercising governance of the school and for overseeing its performance”. While in some cases significant responsibilities may be delegated to an academy committee, the trust board remains the accountable authority. It is NGA’s view that at least one trustee should meet with the inspector (either in person or over the phone).
The handbook also now states that inspectors will consider governing boards’ commitment to their own development in order to improve their performance. NGA has long been a proponent of mandatory induction training and encourages governing boards to engage in a programme of continuing professional development and review their effectiveness regularly. Support with meeting this criteria can be provided through Kirklees consultancy and training (GLAD) .