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3. External Review of Governance


An External Review of Governance (ERG) is a powerful means of evaluating the effectiveness of a governing body.

With the expectations of governors increasing an external review provides an opportunity to identify areas of good practice as well as further areas for development.

Our approach to external reviews is aligned to the Ofsted’s expectations of school governance. The approach also aligns with the newly published Competency Framework for Governance published by the Department for Education.


The Process
The review is conducted by an experienced member of the team and will bring together a range of evidence.

It includes a detailed review of governance which will include conversations with governors and senior leaders at the school and a review of minutes and statutory policies.

The focus of the review will be developed in discussion with the school and will lead to a comprehensive report highlighting recommendation for improvement and areas for development in terms of governance.

Following the review the process includes a development session in which the findings and recommendations of the review will be presented to governors and support provided to develop an action plan arising from the review.


Core activities include:

  • An evaluation of governance through documentation including minutes of meetings, data analysis and website compliance
  • Face to face conversations with governors based on what the papers suggest about the governance of the school.
  • A written report giving an evaluation of governance aligned with Ofsted expectations of governance and the newly published Competency Framework for Governance published by the Department for Education.
  •  Unambiguous recommendations for development and the highlighting of good practice.
  • Includes a 2 hour development session to embed an improvement plan.



  • The price will be £930.