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157. Inspectors will seek evidence of the impact of those responsible for Governors. This includes maintained school Governors, proprietors or academy trustees. In a multi-academy trust this may include members of the local governing board at school level, as well as the trustees.
158. Where a children’s centre is managed directly by the school’s governing body, inspectors will consider the impact of any judgements about the children’s centre or the services and activities offered through or by the centre, in judging leadership and management.
159. Inspectors will consider whether Governors:
• work effectively with leaders to communicate the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school and develop a culture of ambition
• provide a balance of challenge and support to leaders, understanding the strengths and areas needing improvement at the school
• provide support for an effective headteacher or are hindering school improvement because of a lack of understanding of the issues facing the school
• performance manage the headteacher rigorously
• understand the impact of teaching, learning and assessment on the progress of pupils currently in the school
• ensure that assessment information from leaders provides Governors with sufficient and accurate information to ask probing questions about outcomes for pupils
• ensure that the school’s finances are properly managed and can evaluate how the school is using the pupil premium, Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium, primary PE and sport premium, and special educational needs funding
• are transparent and accountable, including in recruitment of staff, Governors structures, attendance at meetings and contact with parents.