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Leadership and Management Audit

Leadership and Management Audit

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Looking to review your school leadership and management policies, procedures and processes? Wondering how you could improve or evaluate your school's approach? As a school leader, you understand the importance of ensuring that your school provides the best possible education for its pupils. Leadership and management play crucial roles in the success and effectiveness of a school, and with the information and resources in this pack, you can feel confident and well-prepared to audit this area and assist your continuing school improvement journey. Filled with useful points to consider, ways to move your thinking forward and covering the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) for leadership and management, this audit pack is  useful for new and experienced leaders alike.

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What's included in this bundle?

A comprehensive guidance pack with accompanying templates to help you audit the leadership and management  practices, policies and procedures in your setting. This audit pack is designed to help you identify areas of strength and weakness in the school’s leadership and management and to provide recommendations for improvement. 

When you make your purchase, you'll receive a ZIP file containing the whole pack, including:

  • 13-page guidance PDF in full colour containing all the guidance, research and information you need.
  • low-colour, print-friendly version of the same PDF.
  • 5 fully editable and easy-to-use templates that can be adapted for your setting. These include:
  • Leadership and Management Audit
  • Leadership and Management Action Plan
  • Ofsted Grade Descriptor Grids
  • Leadership and Management Document Checklist
  • Leadership and Management Question Bank, containing over 40 reflective questions that you and your team can use to find out stakeholders views about leadership and management in your school.

Throughout the pack, we’ll explain concepts, guide your thinking and provide scaffolds if you need them so you can focus on adapting everything to the needs of your pupils and staff, allowing you to be confident and well-prepared before, during and after conducting an audit.

Who will find this resource useful?

Headteachers, deputy headteachers, assistant headteachers and members of the senior leadership team wishing to develop their understanding of the Ofsted  leadership and management judgement area and seeking to assess, evaluate and improve the leadership and management of the setting. 

This pack is suitable for new and experienced school leaders alike.

What questions does this pack have the answers to?

Have you conducted a leadership and management audit before? Wondering where to begin or wanting to ensure you cover all areas of leadership and management in the Education Inspection Framework (EIF)? 

Conducting a leadership and management audit in a school setting can be a complex process and it’s important to approach it in a systematic and thorough manner. Gather the views from all stakeholders, including staff, pupils, parents, carers and governors, as well as evaluating your school vision and strategy, culture and ethos, staff and pupil development and wellbeing, and the impact and support of the governing body. 

If completed honestly, conducting an audit in this area can be a useful tool for ensuring the way in which the school is led and managed is allowing all staff to provide the best possible education for its pupils.

Key questions answered:

  • What is a leadership and management audit?
  • Why is a leadership and management audit useful?
  • How will Ofsted inspect leadership and management?
  • How can I conduct a leadership and management audit?
  • How can I use the audit to inform next steps?
  • How can I avoid inconsistencies and pitfalls when auditing?

What else can help me?

The resources in this pack are also available in other packs we've got on site. We’ve done this with school leaders in mind so you can pick the ones to best suit your needs and context.

If you’re not sure if this pack is for you, see if any of the following options suit you better:

Need all of the support available, including everything linked to Ofsted?

Want to focus on auditing other areas?


Want to look at school improvement?

Need support with the Ofsted phone call?

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Sue Aldridge
Really good

Lots of information to work through, found it really useful


Shared with my SMT. Good to talk through the key points. Thanks, George.