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					Introduction to Governor Mark
   The National Quality Mark for School Governance

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Section 1:
What is Governor Mark?
• From September 2005 clear, unambiguous criteria to make
  judgements about the quality of governance disappeared from the
  Ofsted Framework.

• Into this context Governor Mark was developed – to create a reliable
  and comprehensive framework against which governing bodies could
  evaluate the quality of their work.

• This Quality Mark takes, as part of its core, the work and expectations
  of Ofsted towards governing bodies, within the framework for school
  inspection, with a strong focus on governing body engagement with
  school improvement and its impact on the quality of education provided
  by the school.

• This Quality Mark is linked to the Ofsted prescribed school self-
  evaluation process, and to the descriptors for governance in the 2009
  Ofsted Framework
           What is Governor Mark?

• is designed to recognise the quality of the
  contribution to school leadership and management
  governing bodies make
• is a non prescriptive model which measures the
  working practices of the governing body and their
  impact on school performance
• recognises that there are many approaches to
  achieving sustainable excellence in school
  governance within the leadership and management
  structure of the school
• is a mechanism to achieve accreditation against an
  agreed quality standard if desired
            How was it developed?

• GLM – Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire
  County Councils working in partnership
• Consultation with interested bodies – eg Department
  for Children, Schools and Families
• Process linked to Ofsted inspection and LA statutory
• Parity with other quality marks – eg Charter Mark
           Structure of the Standard

Governor Mark has 3 strands:

•   The ethos and working practices which underpin the
    work of your governing body

•   The statutory framework within which the governing
    body works (i.e. its roles and responsibilities)

•   The impact of governance, influencing achievement
    in the school

A Governor Mark assessment focuses on the statutory
framework and the impact statements
              Structure of the Standard
              Ethos and working practice                 The statutory framework

                   1. Organisation                               5. Strategic
                   and Teamwork                                  Leadership

                   2. Recruitment                               6. Statutory
Not graded         and Retention                               Responsibilities       50%
   in first                                                                            of
 instance           3. Self-review                               7. Strengths      Judgement
                     and Change                                And Weaknesses

                   4. Principles of                              8. Support
                  Good Governance                               and Challenge


                                      School Improvement
                                       Every Child Matters                             of
                                      The Life of the School

                                         The Community
              Assessment Process
                  School completes and
                    returns application


                  Assessor(s) assigned,
Standard           agree date for visit
not yet met
                 Desktop assessment and
                  further evidence sought

                          Site visit

                    Judgement made,
                   and feedback to GLM

                      GLM decision

                  Governor Mark awarded
              What are we looking for?
• Assessors will be seeking to ascertain that the governing
  body is actively engaged and not a passive beneficiary of
  very good leadership.
• A warning sign is an application entirely driven by the
  headteacher or deputy head
• The 2009 Ofsted framework evaluates:
  o how well governors and supervisory boards fulfil their statutory
  o how effectively governors help to shape the direction of the school;
  o how rigorously governors and supervisory boards challenge and
    support leaders and managers, holding them to account for tackling
    weaknesses and further improving outcomes for all pupils.
Most schools will qualify for Routeway 1, so long as they can
show that pupils are making progress:

• The last Ofsted (if it is not more than two years ago)
• The school CVA data (Contextual Value Added). This
  information may be found in the RAISEonline report (or
• School tracking data, supported by the SIP (or

Other schools would benefit from following Routeway 2,
which involves a second assessment visit. This may be
particularly useful for governing bodies of schools causing
concern or in an Ofsted category.
  What Governing Bodies need to provide
Governors should provide the following information:
• Application, including evidence grid, impact statements
  and contact details
• The school Self Evaluation Form or equivalent
• RAISEonline or other external data
• Ofsted report (or date of it)

All material needs to be provided electronically
An assessor will be deployed, who will arrange the date of the
assessment visit, and is likely to ask for additional evidence.
            Chartermark Scoring System

• Best Practice - all aspects of the element are met,
  and the applicant can demonstrate that they have
  gone beyond the requirements
• Full Compliance - all aspects of the element are met
• Partial Compliance - some but not all aspects of the
  element are met and remedial action to meet the
  remainder could be put in place within a short period
  of time (maximum of three months)
• Major non-compliance - none of the requirements of
  the element are met, or the assessor concludes that
  remedial action to address those elements that are not
  met would require a time scale in excess of three
                         Areas of Impact
    How has the Governing Body influenced school in the following

1. School improvement

2. Every Child Matters

3. The life of the school

4. The community

    A statement for each (max 1000 words), accounting for 50% of
    the assessment
              The Role of the Assessor

• To go through the application, both criteria and impact
  statements, in sufficient detail to make a confident
  recommendation to the panel about the applicant

• To decide whether the applicant has met the
  requirements of the Standard

• To identify good ideas and practices that could be
  shared with others
    Using Impact Statements

What questions would you want to ask
the school whose impact statement is
Section 2:
The story so far….
         By June 2009….

• 14 assessments

• 13 successful Governor Mark awards

• 6 more assessments currently

• 3 secondary, 1 special and 9 primary
  schools have Governor Mark

• 70 assessors in place
           Lessons Learned

• There needs to be a very strong focus on
  governor impact on school improvement
• Only evidence from section 5-8 are needed
• Governors need to steer the application
  process, not the head
• It takes some months put the evidence together
• The assessment process itself is developmental
  – this is why Routeway Two is available
          Common Mistakes

• Trying to appear to be fully compliant at
• Excessive focus on governing body processes
  (‘…so we set up a working group….’ or ‘…we
  have link governors…’)
• Overstating how successful the school is
• Impact statements that are too long (and often
  too descriptive of processes)
• Thinking that assessors are looking for the all-
  singing, all-dancing, perfect governing body,
      What do we need to send?
These documents need to be forwarded
electronically to

•   Application (contact details)
•   Evidence grid
•   Impact statements
•   RAISEonline report
•   SEF
•   Ofsted report or date of last inspection

Once the assessor is allocated, they will make
contact, arrange the date and ask for the rest of the
evidence that can be forwarded electronically.
         What does it cost?

For applications received on or after 1 September

• Routeway 1                  £645
• Routeway 2                  £985
         Who do we talk to?

• Your local authority Governor Services

 We look forward to receiving
your Governor Mark application

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