Working well as a board
Ko te mahi tahi hei poari
To work efficiently and effectively, you need to understand the principles of effective governance and have a commitment to working constructively together and in partnership with the principal. There’s plenty of information available to help.
What you need to know about effective governance
According to the Ministry of Education, there are eight principles of good governance relevant to all school boards:
- Every board is there to meet the needs of key stakeholders.
- Boards govern on behalf of all stakeholders.
- Boards decide how they will govern.
- The main responsibility of boards is the future of the school and improving student achievement.
- Boards are ‘hands-off’ and mainly make policy decisions.
- Boards make collective decisions and speak with one voice.
- Boards monitor performance by reference to policy.
- The board and the principal lead together.
How the policy framework fits with the principles
A board’s policy framework effectively turns these eight governance principles into practice by creating guiding statements of intent and the rules and boundaries that give your board direction. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a copy of your policy framework handy.