What Do The Governors do?
Have you ever wondered what the School Governors do? Why do we have a School Governing Body? How often does it meet?
We will try to answer some of those questions here…
Schools have Governing Bodies to help them fulfil the school’s mission to provide the best education possible for their pupils. The Governing Body is made up of a number of individuals:
- Parent Governors – elected by parents of the pupils
- Community Governors – elected by the Governing body
- Staff Governors – teachers or other staff employed by the school
- LA (Local Authority) Governors – appointed to the board
- The Headteacher also attends the meetings and is a Governor
The Governing Body has a strategic role in ensuring the school fulfils it’s mission. It:
- Thinks and works strategically to help raise standards.
- Monitors and evaluates progress towards the school’s priorities and targets.
- Supports the head and staff and challenges them.
- Is accountable to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made.
- The Governing body is not responsible for the day to day management of the school but it must ensure that systems are in place for the school.
The key words for describing the Governing Body is as a critical friend - somebody who encourages, supports and challenges. We have to be able to recognise when:
- The school deserves recognition and celebrate achievements
- The school is not achieving as well as it could
Some of the things we do as a Governing Body include:
- Meet regularly. The full Governing Body meets once a half term. Committees, of which there are three (finance, resources and teaching and learning), meet once a term on top of this.
- Assist in all staff appointments including setting and then reviewing salaries.
- Visiting the school, in school time, to see and speak to the children.
- Attend school events such as parents evenings and the new reception intake evening.
- Having members with a specific role. For example the is one Governor specifically to oversee safeguarding and child protection. Another is our representative on the Cluster Governing Body (the 7 schools feeding into Framingham Earl High School).
- Writing to you termly through our Governor newsletter.
- Inviting staff to give presentations to the Governing Body so that they can tell us what is happening in their area