External Review Board
The DfE Governance Guide (June 2022) recommends that the board should publish and maintain a summary of the outcomes of external governance reviews, and highlights from the associated action plan, on its organisation’s website.
Petroc invited the Education & Training Foundation (ETF) to undertake an external board review during the Spring Term of 2021 as part of a Pilot programme which was made available.
The Audit was undertaken over a number of days with a final report being issued in February 2021 which included a set of recommendations and priorities for the Board.
The conclusion of this review was that Petroc college demonstrates a good range of skills with expertise effectively spread all its structure of committees, that all governance documentation is in place and that that the Board has a strong and supportive culture with wide recognition of positive actions being taken by the Principal and his team. It was stated that the Board has a positive impact on the effectiveness of Petroc.
An Action Plan was agreed and implemented during the 2021/22 academic year. It focused on the following areas:
- Reviewing governance processes around recruitment, training and evaluation of governors
- Review of meeting structures and reporting
- Developing opportunities for a stronger student voice at meetings
The next external board review is being planned for the spring term of 2024.