Governors

1. Governors contribute to the strategic discussions at governing body meetings which determine:

  • the vision and ethos of the school
  • clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the school
  • that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • the school's budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium allocation
  • the school's staffing structure and key staffing policies
  • the principles to be used by school leaders to set other school policies

2. Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school's performance; this includes

  • agreeing the outcomes from the school's self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the school development plan
  • considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by school leaders and external sources on all aspects of school performance
  • asking challenging questions of school leaders
  • ensuring senior leaders have arranged for the required audits to be carried out and receiving the results of those audits
  • ensuring senior leaders have developed the required policies and procedures and the school is operating effectively according to those policies
  • acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the governing body on the progress on the relevant school priority
  • listening to and reporting to the school's stakeholders : pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers.

3. Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well:

  • including the necessary expertise on business management
  • external advice where necessary
  • effective appraisal and CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and suitable premises
  • and that the way in which those resources are used has impact.

4. When required, serve on panels of governors to:

  • appoint the headteacher and other senior leaders
  • appraise the headteacher
  • set the headteacher's pay and agree the pay recommendations for other staff
  • hear the second stage of staff grievances and disciplinary matters
  • hear appeals about pupil exclusions.

The role of governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role.

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