Governing bodies should conduct an annual self-evaluation to identify for themselves their existing strengths and areas for further development. To enable governing bodies to comply with these requirements they must engage with their Trustees and Diocese, on a regular and ongoing basis.
The CES recommends that governing bodies use the model Self Evaluation Form that has been published which is available below.
The model Self Evaluation Form evaluates the following three core strategic functions of the governing body: The model Evaluation Form reflects that and can be adapted to suit localised needs as required.
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding the headteacher or principal or chief executive (as appropriate) to account for the educational performance of the school or academy and its pupils, and for the internal organisation, management and control of the school or academy, including performance management of staff.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school or academy and making sure its money is well spent.
Canon law also requires that Catholic schools are ‘at least as academically distinguished as that in the other schools of the area’ (806§2) and the Governing Body should be mindful of this requirement in all that they do.
Governing Bodies are advised to consult their diocese before the model Self Evaluation Form is adopted and completed to ensure compliance with particular diocesan policy.