Author Creese, Michael
Title Improving Schools and Governing Bodies : Making a Difference
Imprint London : Taylor & Francis Group, 1999
©1999
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Note Book Cover -- Half-Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Figures -- Foreword -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Chapter 1 Making a difference Effectiveness and improvement -- Introduction -- Effective schools -- Effective governing bodies -- The abdicators -- The adversaries -- The supporters' club -- The partners -- What do we mean by school improvement? -- Improving governing bodies -- The management of change -- The role of the governing body in school improvement -- Some practical examples -- Raising standards -- Enhancing quality -- Increasing efficiency -- Achieving greater success in promoting pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development -- Increasing the school's capacity to manage change -- The climate for improvement -- The moving school -- The stuck school -- The wandering school -- The promenading school -- Some practical examples -- Demonstrating commitment to staff (and governor) development -- Practical efforts to involve staff, students and the community in school policies and decisions -- A management style that fosters leadership at all levels within the organisation and that focuses on people as much as on outcomes -- Effective co-ordination strategies -- Spending time upon enquiry and reflection (asking 'how is it going?') -- Planning collaboratively -- Conclusion -- Chapter 2 The efficient and effective governing body -- Introduction -- Factors contributing to an efficient and effective governing body -- Good teamwork -- Delegation and the use of subgroups -- The role of the headteacher in promoting effectiveness -- Governor-teacher relationships -- Governors' commitment to the school -- Governor training -- Conclusion -- Chapter 3 The governing body, the curriculum and teaching and learning -- Introduction -- Governors' responsibilities relating to the curriculum
Governors visiting their school -- Vignette 3.1 Governors' visits in three primary schools -- Vignette 3.2 The governors' Curriculum Committee in three schools -- Vignette 3.3 Governors' involvement in the development of curriculum policy -- Governors' involvement in the recruitment and retention of staff -- Vignette 3.4 Governors and the appointment of staff -- Issues arising from the vignettes -- Conclusion -- Chapter 4 The role of the governing body in strategic planning -- Introduction -- What is strategic planning? -- Vignette 4.1 The governors' Vision Group in a primary school -- Vignette 4.2 Governors' involvement in strategic planning in a secondary school -- Issues arising from the vignettes -- Conclusion -- Chapter 5 Target-setting and school improvement planning -- Introduction -- Promoting a climate of self-evaluation and review -- Planning for improvement -- Stage 1: How well are we doing? Analysing performance -- Stage 2: How do we compare with similar schools? Benchmarking -- Stage 3: What more should we aim to achieve? Setting the targets -- Stage 4: What must we do to make it happen? Planning for action -- Stage 5: Taking action and reviewing progress. Making it happen -- Vignette 5.1 The involvement of the governing body of a junior school in development planning -- Vignette 5.2 Governors' initial involvement in setting curriculum targets -- Issues arising from the vignettes -- Conclusion -- Chapter 6 Governors' role in review, evaluation and monitoring -- Introduction -- Governors' role in monitoring -- Vignette 6.1 The involvement of governors in reviewing the work of a secondary school department -- Vignette 6.2 Governors' involvement in monitoring the work of a primary school -- Vignette 6.3 Governors' involvement in monitoring a special school -- Issues arising from the vignettes -- Conclusion
Chapter 7 The governing body and OFSTED inspections -- Introduction -- The role of the governing body in inspection -- The post-OFSTED action plan -- Governing bodies and 'failing' schools -- Vignette 7.1 The involvement of the governing body in post-OFSTED action planning -- Vignette 7.2 The reaction of governors In a junior school identified 'as in need of special measures to improve' -- Vignette 7.3 The reaction of the governors of a secondary school 'in need of special measures to improve' -- Issues arising from the vignettes -- Conclusion -- Chapter 8 The governing body and parents, pupils and the community -- Introduction -- Parents as partners -- Vignette 8.1 The governors' Students, Parents and Community Committee in a secondary school -- Vignette 8.2 The governors and head of a primary school seek parental views -- Vignette 8.3 The governors' Pupil Services (Welfare) Committee in a secondary school -- Vignette 8.4 The governors of a primary school work with the headteacher to address issues of concern to the community -- Vignette 8.5 The involvement of the governors of a primary school in promoting the school -- Issues arising from the vignettes -- Conclusion -- Chapter 9 Accountability and the governing body -- Introduction -- The relationship with local and central government -- Are governors representative of the community? -- Accountability -- The accountability of senior staff by performance review -- Vignette 9.1 Setting targets and salaries for the head and deputy -- Issues arising from the vignette -- Governing body accountability -- Conclusion: a new model of accountability -- Chapter 10 Towards school and governing body improvement -- Introduction -- The governing body as an effective team -- Governors' involvement in the life and work of their schools -- Governor-teacher relationships -- The benefits of an effective governing body
Conclusion -- Appendix -- Almondbury High School, Huddersfield, Kirklees -- Barstable School, Basildon, Essex -- Chapel Road School, Attleborough, Norfolk -- Croft Junior School, Nuneaton, Warwickshire -- Crowfoot County Primary School, Beccles, Suffolk -- Dalton Junior School, Huddersfield, Kirklees -- Felsted County Primary School, Essex -- Green Dragon Infant and Junior School, Hounslow, London -- Grundisburgh County Primary School, Suffolk -- Hyrstmount Junior School, Dewsbury, Kirklees -- Kirkheaton Junior and Infant School, Kirklees -- Leeside Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Heckmondwike, Kirklees -- Mandeville High School, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire -- Marlborough School, St Albans, Hertfordshire -- Mary Linwood School, Leicester -- Nascot Wood Junior School, Watford, Hertfordshire -- R.A.Butler Junior School, Saffron Walden, Essex -- Sandy Lane Junior School, Bracknell, Berkshire -- St Alban's High School, Ipswich, Suffolk -- St Mary's Primary School, Banbury, Oxfordshire -- St Matthew's Aided Primary School, Ipswich, Suffolk -- Stratford High School, Stratford, Warwickshire -- Temple Cowley Middle School, Cowley, Oxfordshire -- Bibliography -- Index
This book provides school governors with a blueprint for working effectively and enthusiastically to bring about positive change in their schools, for the benefit of all those concerned
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Creese, Michael Improving Schools and Governing Bodies : Making a Difference London : Taylor & Francis Group,c1999 9780415205108
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