About the Effective School Governance Award
Delivered in partnership with EES for Schools
The Effective School Governance Award provides schools with a framework to develop and demonstrate the impact and effectiveness of their governing board.
The award framework for self-evaluation is based on nine elements that address the Ofsted criteria for Effectiveness of Leadership and Management. Through the process of action planning, collecting evidence and external verification, schools can validate the impact and effectiveness of their governing body in driving school improvement.
This inclusive award can be achieved by all types and sizes of schools, including those where the governing board is responsible for more than one school.
The ESGA is available only through the school-led approach. However, additional adviser days can be booked to support the award process if required.
Challenge the head teacher and senior leaders to drive improvements in pupils’ learning, behaviour and safety.
Engage with key stakeholders to strengthen school leadership.
Ensure the school’s financial resources are managed effectively to improve teaching and learning.
Use performance management systems effectively to support and improve teaching, leadership and management.
Operate so all statutory duties are fulfilled, including safeguarding.
Ensure that the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.
Steps to Achieving an Award
Evaluate your current provision against the award framework.
Practical action planning
Work with the award framework to create and implement your school’s Action Plan.
Collect evidence to meet the award framework.
External review of the school's evidence against the award framework.
Receive your award and celebrate your school’s achievement!
Ensure that school improvement is sustainable and continuous.
for coordinators who prefer an independent approach
Create your school action plan
Access the Awards team for process support
Drive the process of collecting evidence and preparing for accreditation
for coordinators who prefer a supported approach
Work with an adviser to create your school action plan
Receive regular email and telephone support from your adviser
Check your progress with an adviser-led interim visit and report