Who Governors are
Governing bodies are made up of all sorts of skilled people who contribute in many different and complementary ways.
Almost anyone can be a Governor, unless they are:
- under 18, or
- disqualified because of such things as bankruptcy or recent prison sentence
What Governors do
Governing bodies have a very wide range of powers and responsibilities. They cover three key areas:
ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
In an effective governing body, Governors:
understand their strategic role, building a productive and supportive relationship with the Headteacher, while holding them to account for pupil performance and taking hard strategic decisions based on objective data
ensure they have the necessary skills and commitment, including challenging to bring about improvements and hold leaders to account for pupil performance
appoint an effective chair to lead and manage the Governing body
appoint a high quality independent clerk to advise them on their functions and duties, and ensure the governing body operates efficiently and effectively
regularly measure their effectiveness and make changes as necessary to improve their performance
Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. This is the job of the staff.
How Governing Bodies are organised
Each Governing body is different. They organise themselves according to need just like a board of Directors in a company. Each person has a named role or responsibility, and reports back to the full Governing body regularly.
Smaller groups of committees are formed that focus on particular aspects or areas and they meet frequently to monitor those aspects or areas.
Could you become a Governor?
You will make a good governor if you:
- care about improving children's educational attainment and achievement
- want to contribute to the local community
- want to work as part of a team and can value the contribution made by different people
- accept you might need training
- are willing to ask questions
- are open to ideas and willing to learn
If you are interested in becoming a School Governor, find out more via the School Governor One Stop Shop, then contact us.
Alternatively you can download, complete and return the application form.
The Borough of Poole supports the work of the recently formed Governors Alliance.
They aim to:
celebrate the valuable role played by Governors
increase the number of employers supporting staff to volunteer as Governors and promote Governance as a key learning and development opportunity for staff and their business.