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Effective Governance

What is effective governance at Taupaki School?

Stephen Lethbridge

on 6 July 2016

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Transcript of Effective Governance

and Governance
National Standards 10 mins
Assessment Expo - Our Talented Teachers - 35 mins
Assessment Introduction - Mary Fursdon 10 mins
Questions Questions Questions...

If you have any questions during the whole group sessions use the
Post-It pads and then when we break put them up on the question wall. At the end of the evening take down your question if it has been answered. We will then collate the unanswered qustions and produce a flyer answering them

During the Assessment Expo teachers will give opportunity for answering questions.

Principles of
1. Boards meet the needs of key stakeholders
The Crown
Ministry of Ed
The Government

Owns and is repsonsible for the School
This responsibility has been devolved to BoTs for the operation of schools
Current students, their families and members of the wider community, the citizens of the area.
Monitors school performance on behalf of the Minister of Education.

The Secretary of Education is the CEO of the MoE.
Transactional and Business relationships.
e.g. Funders, employees, service providers, client schools (technology centre) suppliers etc.
The BoT acts in trusteeship in the best interests of all these groups for the now and the future
2. Boards govern on behalf of all stakeholders
Boards and trustees are elected to act in an independent, stewardship role on behalf of those who cannot be around the BoT table
Individual Judgement
Collective Board Decisions
In the best interest of the school, students and community stakeholders as a whole
Think about the merits of items for consideration and not take direction from any individuals or groups they are associated with
Potential conflicts should be avoided. If there is any conflict of interest, either real or perceived, then the member should declare this and remove themselves from the decision making.
3. Boards decide how they will govern
Boards can decide how they will govern - how they will structure and go about their work.
An effective board thinks for itself and agree collectively on the best way forward
4. Boards' main responsibility is 'designing the future'
Big Picture!
Effective boards are able to distinguish what really matters dealing with the truly important ahead of things that seem urgent
For us this means using our Vision as a basis for decision making
5. Boards are hands off and mainly make policy decisions
The Governance Manual should guide all decisions that need to be made. This manual determines what is delegated to the principal therefore determining operational decisions
Every conversation should be able to answer the broad question, 'What is the (governance) policy relevance of this?'
Key Questions
Is this proposal consistent with policy? (is it approvable?)
What does our policy tell us we should do about this matter?
Do we need to review our policy given what is revealed here?
Was this matter in compliance with our policy?
Effective Boards avoid helping with operational issues.
Boards that make us of committees should avoid committees to deal with operational matters
6. Boards make collective decisions and speak with one voice
Effective boards give members'individual views full weight and make decisions collectively. Whether as individuals they have participated in discussion or not, trustees ar responsible collectively for the decision made.
Once a board has made a decision it should speak with 'One Mind, One Voice'
Any opposing opinions still held by individuals no longer have weight and should be put aside. If a trustee cannot support a decision the most ethical option maybe to resign
Boards should aim for consensus when making decisions but sometimes it is not possible for a final decision to reflect the preference of all members

7. Boards monitor performance by reference to policy
Effective boards are not tempted to monitor or measure more than they should.
Primarily, trustees need to know whether the school is achieving the outcomes the board has set.
Avoid information that is not relevant or obscures progress against those outcomes
Governance Policy will drive what the BoT monitors or evaluates.

Golden Rule
If a BoT hasn't said how it should be done, it shouldn't ask how it is

This rule is a good barometer of Governance policy
8. The Board and the Principal Lead together
Trustees are External Leaders and the Principal and Senior Staff are Internal Leaders. We work together as partners and mutual respect is an essential part of an effective Board of Trustees
The Board depends on the Principal to provide much of the information it relies on to carry out its own responsibilities.
The Principal is the board's CEO and professional adviser as well as the school's educational leader
The Principal depends on the Board to provide a safe and empowering work environment as ultimately, the principal, is an employee of the Board.
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