The purpose of the BPSI Governance Reviews is to support your school in its improvement journey by helping you and your governing body to identify priorities for development and provide guidance on next steps.
Each type of review is brokered in a spirit of collaboration and aims to assist your governing body to become more effective by demonstrating a balance between support and challenge of the leadership of the school. The expectation is that there will be areas of strength to be recognised and points for development to be identified.
There are three options available to schools:
1. Full BPSI Governance Review
A suitably trained Lead Reviewer, and Governor Reviewer will undertake this full review of governance with the Chair of Governors and the Head teacher (other governors of the school may also be involved). The Lead Reviewer will be a BPSI adviser, who has Ofsted experience or are a National Leader of Governance (NLG).
The Lead Reviewer will be accompanied by a Governor Reviewer. The Governor Reviewer will be acting in an entirely supportive capacity. All Governor Reviewers have received training on the review process from BPSI and are chairs or vice chairs of a good or outstanding school who have also been recommended by their headteacher.
The Lead Reviewer will ensure that there are no issues regarding conflict of interest in the choice of Governor Reviewer.
The Chair of Governors will receive a final written report which will be completed by the Lead Reviewer after the on-site part of the review.
Member and Associate member schools will be charged 10 BPSI Hours
2. BPSI Governance Review
A Governance Review Follow Up will either be planned for at the conclusion of a BPSI Governance Review or can be requested at any time following an External Review of Governance by BPSI or any other individual or provider.
The process is designed to focus on delivery against the original Governance Review Action Plan and to identify next steps for the Governing Body. It can provide assurance for Governing Bodies where the school is in ‘Requires Improvement’ that progress has been made against actions contained within the original action plan and can also provide a renewed focus for continued improvement.
The Reviewer will examine how embedded change is within the Governing Body and whether actions taken are sustained. At the conclusion of the process the Reviewer will provide an updated RAG rated report with further recommendations if required.
The BPSI Governance Review Follow Up is conducted by one reviewer and concludes with a written Action Plan for the school.
Member and Associate member schools will be charged 3 BPSI Hours
3. BPSI Governance Healthcheck
The BPSI Governance Healthcheck is a supportive process that helps the Governing Body to better understand their strengths and areas for development, through a facilitated self-review. During the Healthcheck the Reviewer leads the Governing Body in answering 28 key questions (drawn from NGA '20 Questions a Governing Body should ask itself' with some additions where OFSTED tend to focus) The questions cover all aspects of good governance.
It is part of the Reviewer’s job to ensure there is full participation from all Governors; that everyone is able to share their views fully, and openly, and that a consensus is built so that ultimately there is an agreed action plan at the end of the process. For this reason it is important that as many members of the Governing Body as possible can attend the Healthcheck meeting.
The BPSI Governance Healthcheck is conducted by one reviewer (see below for the available reviewers) and concludes with a written Action Plan for the school.
Member and Associate member schools will be charged 5 BPSI Hours