A Governors Role
A Governor’s Role
Frequently asked questions about becoming a school governor:
The main responsibilities and duties of a governor include:
- Promoting high standards of educational achievement.
- Setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement at Key Stage 2.
- Taking general responsibility for the conduct and strategic direction of the school.
- Managing the school’s budget.
- Making sure that the curriculum is balanced and in line with the National Curriculum, and challenging reports on National Curriculum assessments and examination results.
- Determining the staff complement and pay policy for the school.
- Participating in the appointment of the head, deputy headteacher and other staff members as well as regulating staff conduct and discipline.
- Drawing up an action plan after an inspection.
How much time does a school governor have to devote to the role?
This is basically at your discretion, but generally:
- The governing body meets twice per term with meetings lasting on average about 2.5 hours.
- The sub-committees/working parties meet twice per term with meetings lasting approximately 1.5 hours and governors usually become active on at least one sub-committee or working party.
- There may be other projects which you may choose to become involved in.
- You will be regularly invited into the school to liaise with your linked class and subject leads and to represent the governing body at events.
- There will be a small amount of preparatory reading prior to meetings.
How is the governing body made up?
Little Sutton Primary School currently has staff governors, parent governors, local authority governors, foundation governors and co-opted governors.
The composition of governing bodies depends on the number and age range of pupils at the school and is based on DfE recommendations. The variety of governor roles exists to ensure that a cross-section of the local community becomes involved in the school’s activities.
The different categories of governor are as follows:
- elected by parents/carers of registered pupils and must be parents/carers of registered pupils at the point of election;
- nominated by the local authority and appointed by the governing body if they provide necessary skills;
- employees elected to office by other school employees;
- from the local community who wish to work with the school. They are elected by the governing body; and
- by the Foundation, in our case the Four Oaks Learning Trust for Excellence.
To make the workload manageable, the governing body appoints sub-committees or working parties to specialise in specific key areas. Recommendations and decisions made at this level are summarised and reported to the main governing body.
The sub-committees/working parties at Little Sutton Primary School are:
- – responsible for the budget and financial management of the school, including its assets and premises;
- – responsible for human resources issues within the school; and
- – reviews policy in each subject area and ensures that current best practice in terms of the National Curriculum and teaching is in place.
Do governors receive training?
All governors receive induction training. Further training in relevant areas, particularly for governors undertaking specific governor roles, is also available. There is a budget to cover costs. Most training is conducted online or locally.
What specific roles can governors have?
- Safeguarding Governor - works alongside the school’s DSL to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s safeguarding arrangements, reporting any issues back to the governing body for action.
- SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Governor - works alongside the school’s SENDCo to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s SEND arrangements, reporting any issues back to the governing body for action.
- LAC (Looked After Children) Governor - works alongside the school’s LAC representative to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s LAC arrangements, reporting any issues back to the governing body for action.
- Training/Skills Link Governor - ensures every governor develops the skills they need to be effective and make an active and valuable contribution to the work of the governing body.
- Collective Worship Governor – works with the headteacher to arrange collective worship in accordance with the Trust Deed of the school.
- Creative Arts Governor – works alongside the school’s subject lead for creative arts to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s creative arts curriculum, reporting findings back to the main governing body.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Governor – works with the school’s DSL to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s approach to determining and improving mental health and wellbeing within the school, reporting any issues back to the governing body for action.
- Health and Safety Governor – works with the school manager to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s health and safety arrangements, reporting any issues back to the governing body for action.
All governors are also linked to a class and at least one subject focus within school. Governors regularly interact with their class and discuss curriculum provision with the subject lead for their linked subject focus.