What do the governors do?
The governing body’s main role is usually described as being a "critical friend" to the school. The "friend" part means that governors are there to help and support the school in whatever ways are appropriate. "Critical" does not just mean picking fault with things; but challenging and questioning (in a friendly way!) what the school does and how it does it, to make the school the best that it can be.
The main responsibilities of the governing body are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance for the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
What do we NOT do?
The headteacher is responsible for the internal management and organisation of the school. Governors are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day running of the school. Individual governors generally have no powers in their own right; their strength is in being a member of the team that makes up the governing body. The governing body has a collective responsibility for the decisions it takes.