The Role of Governors
The role of Governors in a school is strategic, not operational. Governing bodies have a general responsibility for the conduct of a school with a specific view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.
The role is often described as that of a 'critical friend', providing support but also challenge.
Together with the Headteacher, Governors;
- Decide the aims and objectives for the school
- Review pupils’ achievement and set targets for improvement
- Approve the school budget
- Decide how staff will be selected
- Ensure the national curriculum and religious education is taught
- Approve school policies
- Make sure children with special needs have access to the curriculum
- Act as a link between the school and the community it serves
- Keep parents informed
- Consider complaints from parents
- Ensure the school is well maintained
- Ensure health and safety requirements are met
Pupil’s achievements, staff morale and the school’s reputation are all affected by the
role the Governing body plays. That’s why it is essential that governing bodies are supportive for their schools and able to manage reactive issues quickly.
Governors are also expected to be proactive with influencing and making difficult decisions, asking complex questions and being responsible for their actions.