Kyra Journal

The Kyra Journal is published 6 times per year. It contains news and updates on what’s happening within the alliance and each edition has a focus on one area of activity.

January 2018

Getting Governance Right

A warm welcome to this edition of the Kyra Journal.

Welcome to the first edition of the Kyra Journal of 2018, which I am proud to say is exclusively dedicated to school governance. An effective governing body is of central importance to the success of all schools, and the positive impact that outstanding governance can have on a school, and its staff and pupils, cannot be underestimated.

School governors make up the largest volunteer body in the UK. They offer a wide variety of different skills and attributes, but have one common aim, to maximise the educational opportunities of children and to help to provide the means for them to reach their full potential.

Making sure that the passion and talents of school governors are utilised effectively is of upmost importance. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability; they appoint the Headteacher, hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, set the vision for the school, support the head in making key decisions, and challenge and hold leadership to account. It is little wonder then, that school governance is increasingly in the spot light, and that the drive to ensure strong governance is gaining more and more momentum.

Self reviews and external reviews of governance are becoming an established way of reflecting on, and improving, the performance of governing bodies, and in this journal we’ve included examples of two governing bodies who have taken part in reviews of governance. We look at what the reviews entailed and how they have contributed to even better governance.

We’ve also included an interview with Kyra’s very own, Juliet Brookes, who is also a Vice-Chair of a governing body and shares with us her experiences of being a school governor, and hints and tips on succeeding in the role. We’ve also looked beyond the education sector, to gain advice and insight from Vanni Treves CBE, an expert in corporate governance and former chair of the National College, as well as looking closer to home, and reflecting on the latest developments in governance training and support in Lincolnshire.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the journal and find it useful and informative.

Best Wishes,


Kyra Journal Jan 2018 – Getting Governance Right

You can read the individual articles from the January edition of the journal by following the links below.

Governor In Focus – featuring Juliet Brookes

Governor Reviews: Impact & Improvement

Expert Voice – Featuring Vanni Treves CBE

Governance Training & Support – What’s currently happening in Lincolnshire?

Research & Resource Digest – As selection of resources fro teaching schools