Successful Governance in Muslim Schools ASSOCIATION OF MUSLIM SCHOOLS CONFERENCE 2010 TAHIR ALAM AL-HIJRAH TRAINING ACADEMY TAHIR.ALAMUK@GMAIL.COM MOBILE: 07790037697 ??? Are Muslim Schools required to have Governing Bodies? What is the purpose and the role of the Governing Bodies? What does a successful Governing Look Like? Discussion Point Operationally the Governing Body performs three important roles. In groups discuss what these might roles entails in terms strengths and challenges? a) Act strategically; b) behave as a critical friend; c) ensure accountability. Accountability OFSTED Local Authority Trust Parents & Community Governing Body Headteacher School Different Types Of Schools Community Schools Foundation Schools Governing Body? Independent Schools Voluntary Aided Schools Different Types Of Governors Parent Governors Partnership Governors Staff Governors This provides a balance of representation on the governing body for all stakeholders of the school LEA Governors Community Governors Associate Members Foundation Governors Sponsor Governors Some Useful Skills Any of the skills below would add value to a governing body: Problem Solving Decision Making ICT Marketing Team Working Financial Planning Communications Strategic Planning Project Management Personnel Structure of Governing Bodies Curriculum Committee Appeals Committee H/S & Buildings Committee Full Governing Body Minimum of 9 governors Maximum of 20 Governors Finance Committee Complaints Committee Personnel Committee The headteachers role is often described as Operational and Managerial and the Governing Bodies role as Strategic? Discuss what the implications of this might be for the headteacher and the Governing Body? Headteacher’s Responsibilities: Day-to-day management school’s internal organisation and control Advice and implementation: on the governing body’s strategic framework Giving governors information: needed to help the school raise standards Formulation: of aims and objectives, policies and targets for the governing body to consider adopting Reporting progress: at least once every school year. Activity Sort the cards into three groups: Governing bodies do… Governing bodies don’t… Not sure Discussion Point List the main areas where the governing body is required to exercise its powers, duties and responsibilities? Powers and Duties of the Governing Body - 1 Standards ensuring a strategic and systematic approach Targets setting targets for pupil achievement Curriculum ensuring a breadth and balance Reporting results assessment & exam results Policies deciding, in strategic terms, how the school should be run Powers and Duties of the Governing Body - 2 Finance how to manage the allocated budget Staffing number of staff, pay policy and making decisions about pay Appointment the head, deputy and others Staff discipline agreeing procedures for conduct & discipline Inspection follow-up drawing up an action plan after inspection Discussion Point What is the difference between monitoring and evaluation? Monitoring and Evaluation – What Does it Mean? Monitoring is about: gathering evidence to show progress against targets and expectations; seeking information, eg: are pupils doing as well as expected? is the school adding sufficient value? is the school making best use of resources? Evaluation is about: making judgements and decisions about performance and results: what action is needed, when and by whom? Monitoring and Evaluation Questioning: eg, are pupils doing better that expected given their previous attainment? Checking: is the school adding value? To provide evidence of success that can be celebrated and built on To identify quickly where the school is not performing as well as expected or required priorities for future action Why should we monitor? To check if plans are being implemented To provide evidence of success that can be celebrated and built on To identify quickly where the school is not performing as well as expected or required priorities for future action To ensure accountability Discussion Point What aspects of the school should a governing body be monitoring? What we should monitor - 1 Teaching and learning indicators Results Quality of teaching management systems are deployed and effective Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes from assessments, tests and exams, both internal and external. includes attendance, exclusions, taking part in extra-curricular activities, etc. The learning environment includes accommodation suitability and impact of decoration and displays, etc. What we should monitor - 2 School management indicators: staff disposition: eg, morale, attendance and commitment. school information: eg, on curriculum, staffing, budget, plans. Views and involvement of stakeholders from a range of sources, eg PTA, parents, school council, neighbours, partners admission numbers, destinations of school leavers, surveys, comments and mail. Performance of the GB itself perhaps using the self-audit tool. Accountability Governing Bodies The Trust or Foundation Individual Governors corporate accountability to parents Prospectus Annual Report Annual Parents’ Meeting to the public the LEA OfSTED provided they act reasonably and in good faith Headteachers to the Governing Body HT Reports High Support Low Challenge Supporters club Partners or critical friends “We’re here to support the Head!” “We share everything – good or bad!” High Challenge Abdicators Adversaries “We leave it to the professionals!” “We keep a very close eye on the staff!” Low Support Governors Role Critical Friend Asking the right questions in the right way ! NO ‘rubber-stamping’ What? Why? How? When?