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 body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management, which includes the work of the governing body.
What do governors do?
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools and act as a critical friend to the senior leadership team. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Together governors form what is called the governing body and this is established in law as a corporate body. Decisions taken by the governing body are a joint responsibility and individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one. It’s key functions are to:
· be accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
· set the aims and objectives for the school
· plan the school's future direction
· appoint the head teacher
· be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)
· make decisions on the school's budget and staffing
· makes sure the national curriculum is taught
· decide how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development
· make sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
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. Governors bring a range of experience and interests from many walks of life. They need to work closely with other governors to make good decisions, and to make sure their decisions are followed up. It helps to be a good listener - you will stand a much better chance of understanding how the school ticks. You certainly don't need to be a parent to have the makings of a good governor. Those involved in the local business community or retired people also have much to offer.
If you've never thought of putting yourself forward, but believe schools should give children the best start, if you can answer yes to the following questions and you live in the area, then you could well have what it takes to be a school governor, and help make a difference to our children's future.
Are you 18 or over?
· Do you want to put something back into your local community?
· Are you prepared to work as part of a team?
· Do you have time to get to know your school, to go to meetings and read papers?
· Are you comfortable asking questions?
· Are you open to new ideas and ready to learn?
· Do you want children to get the best from school?
There are three different categories of governor:
1 – parent governor
2 – staff governor
3 – community 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.
How do I become a governor?
If you are interested in becoming a school governor for New Mill Schools, please contact either school office.