Working well as a board

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Keeping an eye on the relationships between board members and how well meetings run and checking in with board members for their views on the board culture is important. This is what is meant by monitoring.

Your responsibilities as a board

It is the role of the board chair to maintain a productive working relationship among the board, the principal and school staff. But all board members are responsible for keeping the school on track, which includes working well as a team to achieve your goals. If you get stuck or things aren’t going well, remember, you can contact NZSTA for advice and guidance at any time.

What you need to know about monitoring

One of the best ways you can monitor how well you’re working as a board is to make a conscious decision to keep track of it. The chair might want to check in with board members every so often, keeping a note of what’s working well or what could be improved through training or some time out together. 


Who to go to if serious issues start to emerge

If obvious conflict starts to emerge or meetings don’t run as well as they should, it might be time to keep a formal written record of what is happening or to involve someone independent in the monitoring process. Contact NZSTA for advice and support if you need it.


What monitoring tools can be useful

As part of your school performance responsibilities, the board will need to carry out a process of self-review. NZSTA has developed a useful online survey to help guide you through the monitoring process. We recommend using it to review various elements of your performance, including your relationship as a board. Use it to collect data and give you a fix on where you’re at. Use it to guide a whole board discussion on what’s working well, the areas for development and to identify progress, eg, has the relationship improved since your last review? Why? How? And, remember, you can contact NZSTA for advice and guidance at any time.


How shared leadership between the principal and board can help

The board depends on the principal, as chief executive of the school, to keep the board informed and updated so they can do their job. In turn, the principal relies on the board for a safe and empowering work environment. A shared approach to leadership is an essential part of making the relationship and the school function well.

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