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How to make sure policies are fit for purpose

What was the issue addressed?

Reorganising of the business of school governors – in our case it became clear in the run up to an inspection by Estyn that the governing body was only paying lip service to keeping policies up to date.

What happened?

The decision was made to create a policy committee.  The composition of this committee brought together a number of skills from a range of governors.  The committee has systematically worked through the school policies to bring them up to date, and then keep them up to date through annual review.  The process means that policies are interrogated as to whether they reflect what actually happens in the school, and whether the policy and the actions within the school need to change.

The committee then forwards the policies, together with observations, to the full governing body for scrutiny and ratification. This process means that policies are scrutinised in a focused way and the full governors meetings are freed up for other matters.

What lessons were learnt?

This has been a successful process, and has made the governing body more effective in the way that it uses its time, and in checking the processes in place in the school.


Does your governing body have a strategy in place for reviewing school policies?

Are there ways that your governing body could conduct its business more efficiently and effectively?

Have your say… Have you had experiences similar to these? What do you think about the situation described?


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