Book corner: Effective School Governance

Swot up for the new academic year with this new guide for school governors

For new and existing school governors, Effective School Governance by Mark A’Bear MBE is a practical and accessible guide published by the Directory of Social Change (DSC).

Mark A’Bear has been a school governor for 18 years at five different schools. He is a National Leader of Governance with the National College for Teaching and Leadership and coaches, mentors and supports Chairs of Governors.  

Effective School Governance is the first book to focus on the practical guidance school governors need rather than just the statutory framework. It is a reassuring and trusty aid for all governors as well as a tool for head teachers, to turn a pedestrian governing body into an effective team.

The book provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a governor, including managing the school’s reputation and fulfilling statutory requirements. Helpful call-out boxes explain key concepts and the guide is split into clear sections, making it an easy to digest introduction. 

This is a must read and not just for new governors. It is an amazingly forthright and practical read and doesn’t bog you down in unnecessary detail. – Huw Evans, Independent Education Consultant, Realising Learning 

What do you need to know on school governance?

  • What is a governor, who can be governor and how you can be most effective
  • Board structures and committees
  • Understanding your school and stakeholders
  • Operating strategically
  • Understanding the finances
  • Holding the school to account

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