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What is Governance?

School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

 

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the Governing Board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Ofsted  has continually noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management, including that of the Governing Board.
 

What do Governors do?

School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. It is Governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is Governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. 

 

Each individual Governor is a member of a Governing Board, which is established in law as a Corporate Body. Individual Governors may not act independently to the rest of the Governing Board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Board.  

The role of the Governing Board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)

 

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Board.

 

There are

- Local Authority Governors who are placed by the Local Authority based on the needs of the school and the skills of the individual.

- Parent Governors are proposed and nominated by other parents within the school. They are representative of the school community. They do not formally represent the school's parents on the Governing body, they are an individual with skills to offer who also happens to be a parent.

- Staff Governors are employees of the school who work more than 500 hours a year.

- Co-opted Governors are people from the community who have skills to offer that can make a difference to the school and its pupils. Co-opted Governors are especially useful appointments if there is a particular skill or expertise missing from a Governing Body.

 

If you think you have the skills, expertise and a passion for education then become a Governor. Interested? please contact the Clerk to the Governors via the school office or Governor Services at North Somerset Council.

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