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Role of a Governor

School governors

Governors perform one of the most important voluntary roles in schools, and are people from different parts of the community, such as parents, staff, the Local Authority, the community and other groups, who want to make a difference to children's education. This helps ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean that governors of a particular category "represent" that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not act as a representative of the parents at the school and do not report back to them.

One of the core features of an effective governing board is the importance of having the right people with the necessary skills, time and commitment, and sufficient diversity of perspectives to ensure internal challenge, all actively contributing in line with clearly defined roles and responsibilities under an explicit code of conduct.


Role of a School Governor


School governing boards work as a team to provide strategic leadership. They work together to ensure high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school. 


Governing boards are accountable to parents, the local community and the Local Authority or the Trustees. Appointments are for three or usually for four years. The governing board's main role is to help raise pupils' standards of achievement.


Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board. 


The role of the governing board is a strategic one, the three core functions of a school governing board are to:

  • Set a vision for a school
  • Be accountable for school performance and the safety of pupils
  • Provide financial probity to ensure that resources are well spent


Link Governors

Link governors are appointed by the governing body to understand, oversee, monitor and report on specific aspects of the School Improvement Plan. Link governors enrich the whole governing body's understanding of their particular area and contribute to informed decision making.

We also consider that link governors help the governing body to develop positive links with staff and create a visible and professional profile within the school.

There are additional link governors who have specific roles in supporting the governing body to fulfil its statutory responsibilities in areas such as Child Protection, Special Educational Needs, Looked After Children and Health & Safety.


How to become a Governor


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