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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

Governor Quality Assurance

Governors are strongly encouraged to develop a first-hand knowledge of the school. We recommend that new governors visit initially to learn and understand how leaders at Chesswood organise to meet their accountabilities. Following a number of visits supported by wider reading individual governors will develop more defined areas for further consideration forming ‘Key Lines of Enquiry’. At this point governors determine whether their time should be spent with continued broad focus or to concentrate on defined areas of focus, school leaders welcome either although the use of well-founded, evidence based key lines of enquiry enables continuity in school improvement and governance.

It is important that outcomes of governor visits are recorded. All governors are encouraged to complete the online form entry following a visit to Chesswood, outside school governor meetings. The online form may also be accessed directly from this LINK





Wherever a governor is unable to complete the online quality assurance form, it is possible to download and complete the hard copy form opposite (click on the image to download or follow this LINK).

Once complete please email the report to the Clerk to Governors 

Consistent Judgement Equivalence

The table opposite sets out the judgement equivalence in relation to the typical quality assurance judgements taken and applied to school performance. Different language is required to communicate the extent to which we are compliant with an aspect compared to describing achievement within a subject. However, this table provides a professional guide regarding the equivalence between ALL the different types of judgement undertaken by school leaders and governors. Governors are not permitted to formal judge the quality of teaching.

When recording judgements leaders select from the numbered list on the left and depending on the judgement application e.g. Ofsted self evaluation; the appropriate column needs to be selected.

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Ofsted, Governance and Quality Assurance Areas

Provision within school has significant breadth i.e. safeguarding, to spiritual, social, moral and cultural development, to finance, to curriculum subjects. It is vital that leaders establish and maintain clarity of expectation within each area through effective written guidance and professional development. Members of the school staff team, children and families are then expected to implement those expectations consistently e.g. managing behaviour fairly; attending school regularly and on time; ensuring a child is ready for school.

The document opposite sets out the areas leaders and governors oversee; the groupings to support governance and the links to Ofsted's education inspection framework. Each of the areas will be subject to national, county or local compliance, policy and or guidance that provides the expectations and underpins the lines of enquiry for quality assurance.

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