Governors work as a corporate team to promote high standards and are responsible for ensuring the school provides a good quality education.
In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
Governors are accountable for the school's overall performance and for the decisions they have made. Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the headteacher, who is responsible for the day-today management of the school.
Every school has a governing body. It will include:
A governing body may also include representatives from the local authority, church, charitable trust or business interests. Special schools may have health authority or voluntary organisation representatives.
Governing bodies are responsible to all key stakeholders ie; pupils, parents, staff, the community and Ofsted. The number of governors will vary from a minimum of seven. Appointments are generally for a four year term of office.
The governing body’s main role is to help raise standards of achievement.
Updated: 2 June 2014