Governing Bodies Do:

  • Set the overall budget for the school.
  • Decide on the number of staff.
  • Decide on the level of pay for teachers.
  • Help to decide the priorities for the school when the school improvement plan is being developed ^. Ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all pupils.
  • Set targets for pupil achievement.
  • Publish national test and exam results.
  • Compare the performance of their school to similar schools.
  • Receive information about the quality of teaching in the school.
  • Have a published strategy for dealing with parental complaints and concerns.
  • Ensure health and safety issues are addressed.
  • Set the times of school sessions.
  • Consult the Head Teacher when making decisions.
  • Ask challenging questions.
  • Help develop school policies and procedures.
  • Consider the repair and maintenance of school buildings.
  • Consider the use of school premises outside school hours.
  • Appoint committees of governors to look at specific issues such as finance, staffing, curriculum and premises.

Governing Bodies Don’t:

  • Inspect the school.
  • Report on the quality of teaching after visiting the school.
  • Authorise all expenditure.
  • Share concerns about staff capability Decide on how pupils are taught different subjects Have the right to exclude a pupil.
  • Write the school’s policies on their own.
  • Rubberstamp recommendations from the Head Teacher.
  • Automatically approve all apologies for absence for meetings sent by governors.
  • Need to be aware of the performance objectives which had been set for individual.

The Head Teacher is responsible for:

  • The internal organisation, management and control of the school.
  • Formulating aims, objectives and policies for the governing body to consider adopting.
  • Advising on and implementing the governing strategic framework.
  • Giving governors the information they needed to help the school raise its standards.
  • Reporting on progress at least once every school year.

Governing Bodies TIPs:

  • Don’t bring up issues about your own children at governing body level.
  • Consider the best interests of the school.
  • Remember you are equal to all governors.
  • Remember decision making is corporate, bring your view, but abide by the corporate decision.
  • You have no power, responsibilities or liability as an individual.
  • Get to know your school, speak to the Head Teacher, the Chair and the clerk.
  • Ask for a mentor governor as a first point of contact.
  • Your volunteer status means getting summaries – don’t allow the governance to become a full time job!
  • Remember the governing body steers, the Head Teacher manages the rowing and the vessel.
  • If you are a member of a committee, be familiar with its terms of reference.
  • Find out about confidentiality.
  • Don’t be part of decision making where a personal interest or occupation allows you to become biased – declare the interest and withdraw.
  • If you don’t feel you have enough information to make a decision then say so remember you can abstain.
  • Prepare well for all meetings.
  • Attend training where possible, ask about options including distance learning or online training from the Local Authority.