School governors

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.

Page last updated: 17 September 2018
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