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Become a School Governor

What is a school governor?

 

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the Headteacher and school staff to ensure the school delivers good quality education.  School governors are volunteers who work in partnership with school staff to oversee and monitor educational standards in school which is a key priority.

 

Governors are involved in setting the school's aims and values, planning for the long term future and holding school leaders to account for high standards of achievement.  Governors are also involved in managing school finances.

 

The 5 key responsibilities of being a Governor are:

  

1) Setting ethos and values

 

2) Holding leadership to account

 

3) Balancing support and challenge

 

4) Distinguishing between help and interference

 

5) Taking responsibility for the Head’s wellbeing.

 

 

3 Core functions of a Governing Body :

 

1.  To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

 

2.  To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

 

3.  To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

 

 

Governors also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

 

Determining how the school's budget is spent

  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies

You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations around values, behaviour and commitment to the role which all Governors must follow.

 

What's really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people.

 

North Tyneside Council offers a comprehensive Governor Training programme to help with the role. New governors are expected to attend a one day induction course which is essential to helping you understand your role so you can begin to make a positive difference to your governing body.

 

 

For further information please contact Kathleen Wallace on (0191) 643 8720 or via e-mail at kathleen.wallace@northtyneside.gov.uk

 

For more information about the role, please visit our Governor Services Portal at http://www.educationservices.org.uk


30 Jan 2020

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Kathleen Wallace
Governor Services
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