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.