This new handbook provides school boards and Heads of Schools with a comprehensive manual of best practice in the area of school governance.
It can be used to amplify board training workshops conducted by Stephen Codrington, or as a board orientation manual in its own right.

The Optimal School Governance Book


The Optimal School Governance Book


‘Optimal School Governance’ is a comprehensive handbook for school trustees who care about serving their boards as effectively as possible.  The book covers such important areas as:

  1. What is a school board?

  2. Board effectiveness – Governance and Management

  3. Dysfunctional boards

  4. Healthy boards - the 4-D model of optimal governance

  5. Ethos – mission, strategic vision, school policies, sustainability

  6. Strategic planning

  7. Recruiting a new Head

  8. The Board-Head relationship

  9. Oversight of the school – engagement, program oversight, school demographics

  10. Board meetings and dynamics

  11. Board composition and succession

  12. Other board processes – board policies, change leadership and innovation

  13. Board duties – legal compliance, finances and resources, risk management, reputation

  14. Evaluating the board

Click HERE to download a copy of the book’s complete index (5 pages, 169K).

Click the images below to see some sample pages

The author, Dr Stephen Codrington is an experienced board member and board evaluator who served as Head of five schools over 25 years.  He has worked as a Head of Schools in four countries – Australia, the United States, Hong Kong and New Zealand – and has deep knowledge and experience of boards at their best and at their worst.  He visits schools to advise boards and train trustees, to conduct full board evaluations, to help develop strategic plans and to assist with the search for and recruitment of new Heads.  A more detailed biography can be found HERE.

ISBN 978-0-9579819-5-9

208 pages

17.2 x 24.5 cm

Click HERE (or on the images to the right) to download a brochure and an order form (4 pages, 570K).

Order using this order form

$35 (AUD) or $300 for a set of 10, plus post and packing