This document is designed to ensure that the chair of governors has a sound understanding of their role. Inspection teams focus on the impact of the governing body when forming their judgments on the effectiveness of leadership. The role of chair is crucial if the governing body is going to be efficient and effective. This is a really useful document for the chair of governors to use if they are new to the role or if they are experienced and want to evaluate their impact over time. It is also very useful for schools or academies that are preparing for inspection.