School effectiveness

Governor toolkit

Please note that the documents on this page are password protected and in word format unless otherwise stated.

The Ealing governor toolkit has been developed by the workforce and governance development team, other Ealing officers and governor associates, to provide support predominantly to Ealing maintained school governing boards (GBs) and Ealing local authority (LA) officers/associates working with them.

As a council our vision for all schools is that they are well supported by good or outstanding GBs which, efficiently and effectively carry out their three core functions as described in the Governance Handbook (January 2017):

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The templates, information and guidance below have been designed to offer support and ideas which GBs can use and develop as appropriate to suit their own needs. Their use should help to:

  • Improve awareness of governor roles and responsibilities
  • Increase understanding and therefore participation in the strategic development of the school
  • Provide examples of templates GBs may use to more efficiently structure the way meetings, committees, reports, etc.

These documents should be adapted and used as appropriate as a result of gaining information, self-assessment, needs identification or to help with priorities.

Feedback on their content and use will be much appreciated. Other documents you think would provide additional support for GBs would be welcomed. Comments and documents can be sent to

Recruitment, induction, succession

GB structure and membership

GB meetings

GB committees

Monitoring progress


Self review

GB statutory policies


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Last updated: 22 Jan 2018