The Role Of Governors
All schools have a Governing Body to ensure that it has the capacity to improve and raise overall standards.
Governors are usually appointed for 4 years and the number varies according the school’s type and size.
Some governors represent the Local Authority, some represent teaching and support staff, some are parents of children at the school elected by other parents and, if the school is supported by the local church, they will also have representatives.
Other governors are people from the community who may have business or other skills; often just by asking straightforward critical questions of the school on behalf of the community the government has an opportunity to reflect on how we meet the needs of the community.
OFSTED considers the governing body to be part of the leadership and management of the school. However governors do not manage the school. That is the job of the Headteacher and Leadership and Management teams. Governors are there to be “a critical friend” to the Headteacher and the school.The full Governing Body meets termly. It is not practical for the full governing body to make decisions on every aspect of its business. There are, therefore, a number of committees which have specific areas of work delegated to them. Some of these committees, Finance and Staffing, Premises, Curriculum, meet termly and report back to the full governing body for ratification of their decisions. Other committees meet as required. These include: Pupil Discipline and Complaints against the school
The Governors achieve this by:
- Receiving information about the school’s performance and comparing it with past performance, national averages and ‘similar schools’.
- Ensuring the curriculum for the school promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the pupils.
- Contributing to the school self-evaluation process.
- Establishing where the school’s strengths and weaknesses are.
- Deciding the priorities for improvement.
- Discussing and approving the school’s targets and timescales.
- Ensuring that the school has a School Development Plan (SDP) that sets out all the actions to be taken.
- Monitoring that implementation of the SDP, mainly by receiving reports from the head teacher.
- Evaluating progress and achievements.
- Deciding the school’s policies on issues including admission and the length of the school day.
- Making sure all pupils have equal opportunities within the school and providing for pupils with special educational needs.
- Ensuring there is a high standard of maintenance of the school’s premises.
- Dealing with complaints about the school.
Part of the School Governor’s role is to visit our school sometimes for important events such as assemblies, performances or maths/science fairs or to observe in class. ‘Governor School Visits’ give a list of prompts for the purpose of the visit, giving some ideas of what to look for. ‘Governor Visit Report’ is a report form to record the outcomes of the visit.
Please click link below for Governor School Visit and blank Governor Visit Report
Please click link below for a list of Governors and terms of office 18-19
Please click below for The Standing Orders of the Governing Body at Raynham Primary School