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The Role of a School Governor

To Provide a Strategic View

The governing body has important powers and duties but limited time and resources. So it should focus on where it can add most value – that is, helping to decide the school’s strategy for improvement so that pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards.

The governing body should help to set, and keep under review, the broad framework within which the headteacher and staff should run the school. In all its work, the governing body should focus on the key issues of raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning.


To Act as a Critical Friend

The governing body provides the headteacher and staff with support, advice and information, drawing on its members’ knowledge and experience. In these ways the governing body acts as a critical friend to the school.

Critical in the sense of its responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the schools’ effectiveness, asking challenging questions, and pressing for improvement.

A friend because it exists to promote the interests of the school.


To Ensure Accountability

The governing body is responsible for ensuring good quality education in the school. The headteacher and staff report to the governing body on the schools’ performance. It is not the role of the governors simply to rubber-stamp every decision of the headteacher/leadership team.

The governing body has a right to discuss, question and refine proposals – while always respecting the professional roles of the headteacher and other staff, and their responsibility for the management of the school. In its turn the governing body answers for its actions, above all to parents and the wider local community for the schools’ overall performance.


Steering Role

Agreeing the aims of the school; setting a policy on the curriculum, including any requirements for special education needs; setting budgets and approving school development plans; Contribute to school planning processes.

Executive Role

Taking direct responsibility for recruitment of senior staff and some disciplinary matters, while recognising the headteacher’s responsibility for managing the school; contributing to the admission policy and appeals system.


Monitoring Role

Making sure that the school adheres to its policies, budgets and plans; keeping informed about the quality and standards of education in the school, including pupil achievement.


Accounting to Parents

Making sure that parents are kept informed about what is happening in the school and that their views are taken into account.

Supporting Role

Supporting and advising the headteacher, for example by giving financial management advice.Supporting Subject coordinators through being a subject governor.



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