Governance and Website Reviews

The Governance Consultancy team have a range of reviews available to support your board, details of which are available below. If you would like further information please get in touch by phone 01392 287314 or email ldp-governorsservice@babcockinternational.com

 

Curriculum Review

Curriculum Intent and Impact - support for governing boards and schools

As Amanda Spielman made clear in her announcement in January, the proposed ‘Quality of Education’ judgement is intended to restore the curriculum – largely ‘missing in action’ from inspection for more than a decade – to its proper place, as an important component of the quality of education.

How can governors and trustees gain a picture of the quality of a school’s curriculum?

The role of the governing board is crucial in understanding and challenging the extent to which the curriculum within the setting takes account of the schools vision and ethos and its unique context.

The curriculum research Ofsted has already published illustrates some of the very different models that they have found to be working effectively; governors and trustees will need an independent view on the impact of the curriculum on pupil outcomes, including those of the most vulnerable pupils.

The benefits of a Curriculum Review for governors, trustees and school leaders

Babcock LDP offers a comprehensive curriculum review, based on trial work with a number of Devon schools, including teaching schools. We have developed the full review with schools, to help you gain a quality assured external evaluation of the strengths and areas for development of your curriculum and how it meets the needs of all pupils, including those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

The review will involve

Pre-visit preparation:

  • Review of information provided on the school website relating to the curriculum offer
  • Publically available attainment and progress data
  • Relevant policies.

Time in school:

  • Discussion with school leaders and governors/trustees about the intent, implementation and impact of the school's curriculum
  • Discussion with pupils about the curriculum and how it is meeting their needs
  • Consideration of evidence of the breadth and depth of the curriculum and the end points the curriculum is building towards
  • Consideration of how the school is developing knowledge and desirable skills, including the promotion of reading
  • Provide an evaluation scale for each aspect of the curriculum review.

After the visit:

  • Summary Report provided identifying clear strengths and areas for development with suggested follow up actions to support school development of the curriculum
  • Guidance for the governing board to monitor improvements, including suggested questions to help governors and trustees challenge leaders effectively.

Costs:

Primary and Special Schools Curriculum Review

<200 pupils £595

>200 pupils £750

Multi Academy Trusts and Groups of Schools Curriculum Peer Reviews

Individually costed.

How to Purchase Your Review:

Please visit the e-store shop.babcockldp.co.uk

Alternatively please email BabcockEducationSW@babcockinternational.com; or call us on 01392 287301 to receive assistance over the phone.

Governance Review (Standard)

How Effective is Your School Governance?

This wide-ranging review covers:

  • Assessing the effectiveness of the leadership of your governing board including the constitution and governance instruments
  • How effectively your governing board understands its strategic role and can demonstrate evidence of this
  • How clearly the governing board understands the strengths and weaknesses of the school
  • How effectively the governing board holds the headteacher to account for the performance of the school, and how well the practice of ‘support and challenge’ is demonstrated
  • The efficiency of the clerking arrangements
  • The effectiveness of governing board meetings
  • The effectiveness of delegation and the working of committees and/or lead governors.

What’s Involved?

During a one day visit an experienced governance adviser will spend time talking to the headteacher, the chair of governors, the clerk and at least one recently appointed governor/trustee. A range of paperwork will also be examined and scrutinised. Within ten working days of the visit you will receive a report with the findings of this review.

Who Should Consider Booking a Governance Review?

The Governance Review is suitable for any governing board and will provide an invaluable assessment of strengths and weaknesses regardless of where you are on the ‘Ofsted cycle’.

Costs: Standard Review £609 + VAT

Further Information:

For further information on any of these reviews please contact the Governance Consultancy Team:

Email: LDP-GovernorsService@Babcockinternational.com  Telephone: 01392 287314

How to Purchase Your Review:

Please visit the e-store shop.babcockldp.co.uk

Alternatively please email BabcockEducationSW@babcockinternational.com ; or call us on 01392 287301 to receive assistance over the phone.

Governance Review (Enhanced)

The enhanced review will build on the information acquired through the standard review (please see details on this page), and will allow additional time for the adviser to work with the governing board on developing an Governance Improvement Plan to address the key priorities for improvement in governance.

Two and a half days of governance adviser time to review current governance practice and work with the board to address areas for improvement. This will enable the board to move forward rapidly and focus on the key strategic priorities.

Benefits

 

  • Identification of areas for improvement
  • Clear suggested next steps and recommended strategies and support solutions
  • Time to work together with the adviser to co-construct a governance improvement plan
  • Effective practice identified and shared leading to a focus on best use of time to allow rapid improvement
  • Strengthening governance within the leadership team.

Costs: Enhanced Review £928 + VAT

Further Information:

For further information on any of these reviews please contact the Governance Consultancy Team:

Email: LDP-GovernorsService@Babcockinternational.com  Telephone: 01392 287314

How to Purchase Your Review:

Please visit the e-store shop.babcockldp.co.uk

Alternatively please email BabcockEducationSW@babcockinternational.com ; or call us on 01392 287301 to receive assistance over the phone.

 

 

Governance Review in a Multi-Academy Trust

This review is designed for Trust Boards of multi-academy trusts (MATs) to support accurate self-evaluation of governance. It aims to give boards confidence that governance arrangements are robust and will withstand external scrutiny. It will enable the governing board to demonstrate appropriate levels of engagement, responsibility and accountability and that the board is focusing time and energy in the appropriate areas to achieve success.

The review is based on the six areas of competency within the Department for Education (DfE) Competency Framework for Governance (Jan 2017) and the developmental questions within the DfE’s MAT Development Programme 2018.

The review covers

  • Strategic leadership to include governance structure, culture, ethos and values
  • Leadership of the board
  • Accountability, to include educational improvement, workload management and delegation
  • Financial frameworks and accountability, to include staffing and performance management and risk management
  • Meetings and clerking arrangements
  • External accountability and evaluation.

What’s Involved?

During a one day visit an experienced governance adviser will spend time talking to the CEO, the chair of the Trust Board, the clerk/governance professional and other trustees as available. A range of paperwork will also be examined and scrutinised. Within ten working days of the visit you will receive a report with the findings of this review.

Who Should Consider Booking a Governance Review of a MAT?

We would recommend this review to all Trust Boards of MATs to give them an accurate external view of the robustness and efficiency of their governance arrangements. There has been much criticism in the national media relating to the shortcomings of some governance arrangements in MATs. Being proactive in sourcing an external review will help to provide confidence in current arrangements and also help to identify any areas for improvement.

Cost: P.O.A.

Further Information:

For further information on any of these reviews please contact the Governance Consultancy Team:

Email: LDP-GovernorsService@Babcockinternational.com  Telephone: 01392 287314

How to Purchase Your Review:

Please visit the e-store shop.babcockldp.co.uk

Alternatively please email BabcockEducationSW@babcockinternational.com ; or call us on 01392 287301 to receive assistance over the phone.

 

Governance Review for a Local Governing Body within a MAT

Governance Review for a Local Governing Body within a MAT

 

Website Review

Individual School Website Review:

This service for governing boards will review the information available on your school website to ensure that the minimum statutory requirements are being met. The DfE has a list of information, policies and documents which it expects schools to publish on their website. Ofsted will look at and scrutinise the content of your website before they visit and will comment on non-compliance in their report. The review will:

  • Look at the information and documents you published to ensure that the school is meeting the statutory criteria
  • Identify gaps in criteria, with signposting and advice on how any oversights can be addressed
  • Identify information which should not be on your website, or is out of date
  • Check information relating to governors/trustees/ directors/members and the governance of the school to ensure it meets the minimum levels required under DfE guidance and/or legislation
  • Check links to ensure that they work properly and that they take the user to current information.

We will produce a RAG rated report, identifying the findings of the review, highlighting any areas of immediate concern, together with suggestions for future action.

In Federations and Multi-Academy Trusts:

If you require a bespoke service for several websites within your organisation more time may be required, please get in touch for further information and a quote. Where generic content across the sites is the same there will be no additional time required.

Costs: Individual School - £415+ VAT

(£359 + VAT for schools that subscribe to the Governance Consultancy Service)

Federations and MATs – P.O.A.

Further Information:

For further information about this review please contact the Governance Consultancy Team:

Email: LDP-GovernorsService@Babcockinternational.com  Telephone: 01392 287314

How to Purchase Your Review:

Please visit the e-store shop.babcockldp.co.uk

Alternatively please email BabcockEducationSW@babcockinternational.com ; or call on 01392 287301 to receive assistance over the phone.

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