Understanding the work of the board

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Reporting on your school performance and the work of the board should be standard practice at every school. That’s because reporting on your performance will help you learn and improve as a board – and keep your wider community updated and engaged.

Your responsibilities as a board

Formally reporting on your school’s performance is part of every board’s responsibilities. The Ministry of Education expects your board to understand your governance role and the specific work areas for which you are responsible and to monitor and report on the board’s performance in relation to those work areas.

What you need to know about reporting

Boards are expected to monitor and review their performance and are accountable for their outcomes. It’s an important part of your role as leaders and an important part of working really well as a board.


Why reporting on the work of the board is part of good governance

Reporting on your work as a board shows accountability for results and is part of taking your governance role seriously. It will also give your board the opportunity to clearly see what you are doing well and where you need to improve. Remember, if you need help or support at any time, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


What kinds of data can be useful

There's lots of good data you can use to report on your progress. We recommend using results from any data collection you’ve done as the basis of your report. Consider delegating the data analysis and reporting role to a review committee of one or two board members to make the process quick and easy. 


How to report effectively

In your progress report, focus on what the data tells you. Are there any concerns about the implementation of the charter? Have any gaps been identified? Have there been issues to do with student achievement or property management that need addressing? Is the school’s policy framework adequate?

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