Who can be a School Governor?
No special qualifications are needed to become a school governor.
However, if you take on this role, you will need to be interested in the work of schools, their teachers and pupils. You should also have enthusiasm for education processes.
Governors can be:
- Parents - elected by parents with children on the school roll
- Members of staff - elected by staff at the school
- Appointees of Rutland County Council
- Appointees of an organisation or foundation, such as the Church
- Community governors - appointed by the governing body to represent community interests
- Partnership governors (in foundation schools only) - nominated by parents and members of the community.
The way in which governors are appointed or elected varies with each category. However, once appointed, all governors have the same rights, powers and responsibilities.
What do School Governors do?
There are three main reasons why governors are necessary:
- They make sure the school is run according to the needs and wishes of the local community.
- They support, promote and protect the interests of the school, its pupils and staff.
- They are a visible form of accountability.
School governors come from a variety of backgrounds. They are not expected to be experts in educational matters. That’s the responsibility of the headteacher and the teaching staff of the school.
The role of the school governor and governing body is:
- To take a strategic overview of school related issues;
- To set a broad framework within which the headteacher can work;
- Concerned with the general oversight of the conduct of the school.
Please note: The headteacher is responsible for the organisation and management within the school.
As a school governor you are expected to:
- Work as a member of the governing body for the best interests of the school;
- Attend the regular meetings and special meetings of the governing body;
- Serve on committees which deal with the governing body's legal obligations;
- Become familiar with general educational issues and developments;
- Take an interest in school activities;
- Promote the school within the local community;
- Commit time to the duties and responsibilities of a governor;
You are expected to be involved in:
- Staff appointments and discipline
- Pupil discipline
- The school curriculum
- The financial management of the school
- School development plan and action plan
- Health and safety matters
- Governor training.
If you are interested in becoming a School Governor, please contact Learning & Skills Team on 01572 722 577