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Governors

The school’s governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. School governors come from every walk of life. There are over 300,000 school governors in England and they form the largest volunteer force in the country. They have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles:

Establishing accountability, by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the Headteacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the Headteacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

The role of the governing body is key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted has noted that the good schools demonstrate effective leadership and management which includes by the governing body.  The governors’ role is not about fundraising; neither is it about cheerleading for the school (though governors might do both those things).