The education scrutiny reviews I've managed have been about general issues across the authority e.g. exam performance, need for free schools, budget efficiency, maths teaching, teenage pregnancy. I've worked with education officers and directly with individual schools. Heads are keen to come along if the review topic suits their interest, helps them advance their cause etc, but otherwise not.
Heads see it that they are accountable to the governors in the first place, and scrutiny panels need to show they can add value rather than duplicate that. Governing boards will become more significant with the move to academies.
I suppose your question could beg another: do your scrutiny Members have concerns about specific schools, and how severe are they? Ofsted also has a role here, of course.
PS Declaration: I'm a Chair of Governors myself, at Acton High School
(25-04-2012 02:12 PM)Daddo Wrote: Hi All,
Do any of you undertake specific scrutiny of schools? If so how do you do it and what do your schools think of this?