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What school governors do

School governors work closely with the headteacher and other members of school staff.

The headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school and all operational matters. The school’s governors have a strategic role, but hold the headteacher to account for how they run the school.

School governors have 3 core strategic functions:

  • making sure there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

In practice this involves attending meetings of the full governing body and its committees, asking questions and visiting the school. You may get involved in:

  • headteacher performance management and recruitment
  • analysis of performance data
  • approval of policies
  • admissions (not all schools)
  • school improvement matters such as the quality of teaching and raising attainment
  • making sure that the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are met

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Please note that:

  • the work is voluntary, takes enthusiasm and some of your spare time
  • you will learn new skills and know that you are making a real contribution to our local community
  • you don’t have to know everything from the start – be prepared to build up your knowledge over a period of time
  • you will be expected to attend appropriate free training offered by the local authority – usually held in the evenings but some daytime training is offered
  • free advice and support is available

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