School governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is crucial to the effectiveness of a school. Ofsted (The National Inspection Body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing body.
What do governors do?
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. They appoint the headteacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. They hold the reponsibility for finance in schools and work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
- Set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.
The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.