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Governors Role

South Grove Primary School

GOVERNORS’ JOB DESCRIPTION –

Background

All employees of the school are required to discharge their duties within agreed standards and parameters. It seems reasonable therefore to have similar expectations of a Governor, even though this is a voluntary position.

Purpose of Position

The purpose of a Governor is to contribute to the work of the GB in raising standards of achievement for all pupils, whilst working within an allocated budget. This involves providing a strategic view for the school, acting as a challenging friend and ensuring accountability.

The individual Governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the GB, to the staff and pupils of the school, the school’s wider community and where they are representatives, to their particular constituency (parents; staff; teachers; community; etc).

Although some Governors may represent particular constituencies they are not delegates of

that group

A Governor has many responsibilities and they include to:

• Develop the strategic plan for the school

• Determine aims, policies and priorities of the school

• Set statutory and non-statutory targets

• Monitor and evaluate the work of the school

• Appoint staff and ensure the implementation of a range of personnel procedures

• Manage the budget

• Secure high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour

• Ensure that all children in the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that is  suitable to age, aptitude and ability, and which nurtures the whole child and encourages respect for others.

• Ensure the health and safety of pupils and staff.

 

There are several tasks for Governors to undertake and they include to:

• Get to know the school: its needs, strengths and areas for development

• Attend meetings (full GB, committees and working groups)

• Work as a member of a team

• Commit to training and development opportunities.

• Act within the framework of the policies of the GB and legal requirements

• Speak, act and vote in the best interests of the school

• Represent the perspectives of constituencies, where appropriate and

• Respect all GB decisions and support them in public

Personal Specification

Governors have a variety of skills and knowledge but there are a number of essential qualities

required of any Governor and they include:

  • An interest in the education of all children
  • Sound communication skills in listening, speaking and writing.
  • Assimilation skills to help absorb and make use of wide ranges of information and data
  • The capacity to develop specific knowledge and understanding of the school and its community.
  • A sense of fairness.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities.
  • A commitment to securing the best educational outcomes for all young people.
  • Tact and diplomacy.
  • An ability to work as a member of a team.
  • An ability to respect confidentiality.
  • A willing, constructive work ethic with a team of Governors who have some or all of these qualities.
  • A commitment to participate in training and self-evaluation.

The points below summarise what is expected of each Governor as a minimum requirement.

  • Attend the full GB meetings, usually 3 each term, and read agendas, papers and minutes
  • Become members of committees which meet at least once a term, or as necessary, and attend meetings
  • Attend training sessions as appropriate and remain aware of their own training needs
  • Be a “challenging friend” ready to offer constructive criticism and support the school community
  • Be prepared to be available on occasions to visit the school to carry out Governor responsibilities

 i.e Link Governor Visits, interviews, meeting staff or pupils

  • Be able to have some flexibility around own commitments

 Code of Conduct, by which we expect our Governors to abide during their term of office:

I agree to abide by the following key principles:

  • To act with integrity, objectivity and honesty, in the best interests of the school
  • To work as a member of a team - the Governing Body (GB) - at all times and be loyal

to collective decisions made by the GB

  • To recognise that all Governors have the same rights and responsibilities unless

particular responsibilities are conferred on them by the full GB

I know I am expected to:

  • Attend meetings promptly, regularly, and for the full time
  • Prepare for meetings by reading papers beforehand
  • Listen to and respect the views of others
  • Express my own views clearly and succinctly
  • Take my fair share of work/positions of responsibility
  • Attend training and take responsibility for my own learning and development as a Governor
  • Know, understand and work within legal requirements.

I will:

  • Respect confidentiality
  • Support decisions of the GB in public
  • Report any evidence of fraud, corruption or misconduct to an appropriate person or authority
  • Consent to a confidential criminal record check to ensure I am not disqualified to be a Governor and to meet child protection requirements.
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