Five ways for heads to turn governors into a critical friend | governingmatters

This is an edited version of an article written by Jarlath O’Brien (headteacher of Carwarden House Community School in Surrey) published in the 9 October edition of TES. To read the full article, subscribe to TES. It is being posted here with their permission.

My first brush with school governors came fairly early in my teaching career. All new staff were asked to meet the governors in the library at the end of the day. As I trooped in with my colleagues, I was accosted by a diminutive, regal-looking lady.

“Ah, good evening. You must be the head boy,” she purred.

“No. I’m the…

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