Governance and Compliance OVERVIEW


Recent years have seen a period of rapid change for school governors and senior leadership teams. New regulatory demands mean that school leaders must constantly make sure school policies and practices are current, understood and fully implemented by the whole school community.

Strong and effective governance means that school governors must have a deep understanding of a school’s vision, ethos and strategy. They must demonstrably provide effective monitoring and oversight of every aspect of school life.

The new Standard* on leadership and management requires the school proprietor (usually the governors) to ensure that persons with leadership and management responsibilities at the school consistently meet the Independent School Standards by:

  • Demonstrating good skills and knowledge appropriate to their role
  • Fulfilling their responsibilities effectively
  • Actively promoting the well-being of pupils

This requires a new culture around governance and leadership and management. In recognition of this, RSAcademics has developed a new range of services to help governors and school leadership teams meet the demands of 21st century governance. Governance and compliance is led by Durell Barnes, former Deputy Director and Head of Communications at the Independent School Inspectorate.  He works alongside a team of specialists with in-depth experience of school inspections, leadership and governance. They can appraise the present performance of your governing body, offer reassurance, make recommendations and reinvigorate their performance.

Choose from a two-hour workshop through to a full review:

  • Workshop on governance and compliance
  • Assessment of governance and compliance
  • Full review of governance

*Part 8 of the Independent School Standards Regulations introduced in 2015


For more information about how RSAcademics can assist with your compliance needs, please contact:

Durell Barnes, Head of Governance and Compliance:

“A top class combination of professional expertise, intimate knowledge of the field, tact, sensitivity, administrative efficiency and great teamwork. Easily the best support of its kind that we have received in recent years.”

Tim PalmerChair of Governors, St Paul's Girls' School