INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENT GOVERNORS
School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. The role of the governing body is key to the effectiveness of a school.
WHAT DO GOVERNORS DO?
The three core strategic functions are:
The governing body’s key functions are to:
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 body.
WHO CAN BECOME A GOVERNOR?
Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. There are different types of school with different categories of governor. There are also different categories of governor:
The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing body.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BECOME A GOVERNOR?
No formal qualifications are required to be a governor. Training programmes are available to introduce new governors to the role and to guide other governors who wish to explore particular areas in greater depth. Schools need volunteers (whether parents or not) with experience of life, but some Governors may have qualifications/professional skills. Governors do not have to be educational experts. They are there to provide an independent view and common sense approach.What you do need is enthusiasm; energy; time; a willingness to be open to new ideas and attend basic training; and good communication/ interpersonal skills.
Being a Governor involves being committed and giving significant amounts of time and energy. Careful consideration of these commitments should be made when agreeing to serve on the Governing Body of a school. Being a governor is a rewarding experience. Governors bring a range of experience and interests from many walks of life. The Governing Body provides a sense of direction for the work of the school, they work together with the Headteacher as a team and support the work of the school as a critical friend; to hold the school to account for the standards and quality of education it achieves.
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