WHAT IS A GOVERNOR?
McMillan Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a "critical friend", supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff.
School Governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headtacher, who is responsible for day to day management, they set the school aims and policies.
Being a school governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing funded schools in England.
Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has repeatedly noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.
Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means:
• Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay.
• Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
• Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
• Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
• Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
• Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school
TYPES OF GOVERNORS
Their different titles usually indicate how they came to be on the governing board, or what kind of organisation they are in.
Parent governor - An individual who has a child of legal school age and is elected by the parent body to serve as a governor. They are usually parents who have a child on role at the school, but it is not a legal requirement. It is possible to be a parent governor because you have a child of legal school age, but not attending the school at which you govern.
Local authority governor- Individuals appointment approved by the Local Authority.
Co-opted governor - A co-opted governor is a person appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
Staff governor-An individual who is a member of staff, usually elected by the staff, to ensure that staff views are represented on the governing body.