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.

  • Accountability

    Challenge the head teacher and senior leaders to drive improvements in pupils’ learning, behaviour and safety.

  • Engagement

    Engage with key stakeholders to strengthen school leadership.

  • Financial oversight

    Ensure the school’s financial resources are managed effectively to improve teaching and learning.

  • Performance management

    Use performance management systems effectively to support and improve teaching, leadership and management.

  • Statutory responsibilities

    Operate so all statutory duties are fulfilled, including safeguarding.

  • Vision

    Ensure that the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.

Steps to Achieving an Award

  • Self-evaluation

    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.

  • Portfolio building

    Collect evidence to meet the award framework.

  • Verification

    External review of the school's evidence against the award framework.

  • Accreditation

    Receive your award and celebrate your school’s achievement!

  • Reassessment

    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

£1150 + VAT


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

£3250 + VAT