Classroom practice is set out in curriculum policies, and it is these which should be monitored and reviewed by governors. By building targets and performance indicators into the school development plan, by receiving progress reports and the inspection report, and by developing an action plan - that is how the governing body fulfils its role in relation to the curriculum.
It is important to establish good relations with staff; if governors are under the misapprehension that their role in the classroom is to monitor, or inspect, trust cannot develop. And suggesting that governors need expertise in the curriculum could deter people with much-needed experience from becoming governors.
Sara Clee-Cadman is a governor trainer for Gloucestershire