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School Governor

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School governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the UK. They provide schools with strategic leadership and accountability for educational and financial performance.

The three core functions of a school governing board are to:

  Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

o This means that you need to make sure your school has a clear idea of what it wants to achieve, and a plan for how to achieve it

o Your role is to help set and embed your school’s vision, ethos and strategy, and use these to monitor how the school is doing

  Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff

o This means you need to make sure that school leaders are using their professional judgement properly and managing the performance of staff and pupils effectively

o You also need to make sure that the information you get from your school leaders is accurate

  Oversee the financial performance of the organisation and make sure money is well spent

o Your role here is to monitor your school’s finances and make sure the school is achieving value for money

o Ultimately, you need to be sure that public money is spent correctly in the best interests of your pupils


  Develop the school’s vision and strategy

  Set a culture of high educational standards, which promotes staff and pupil wellbeing

  Set the school’s strategic aims and objectives

  Ensure the school follows the National Curriculum, and that all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), can access the curriculum

  Monitor provision for pupils with SEND

  Monitor the school’s educational performance, using a range of data sources

  Ensure stakeholders (parents, pupils, staff, the local community) are informed and consulted as appropriate

  Approve the school budget 

  Monitor and evaluate the school’s financial performance 

  Approve and review school policies, and hold staff to account for their implementation

  Ensure the school is compliant with legal requirements, including that all statutory policies and documents are in place

  Carry out the appointment and performance management of the headteacher

  Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher

  Monitor and evaluate the school’s staffing structure(s)

  Monitor health and safety in the school

  Work in co-operation with the local authority, having regard to any guidance it issues

New skills you’ll gain:  Strategic planning  Experience on a board  Holding senior leaders to account and ability to provide challenge  Finance, and maintaining oversight of potentially multi-million pound budgets  Analysing data  Human resources and performance management   Project management  Marketing  Communication and teamwork  Decision making  Problem solvingTime commitmentThe time commitment for school governors will vary. However, all governors must attend at least 3 meetings of the full board per year. The term of office is 4 years.Usually governors sit on a committee focused on an area they have knowledge of, or are particularly interested in, for example the finance committee. Committees generally meet up to 5 times a year.
Preparation for meetings includes reading papers and preparing questions for senior leaders. You will also be expected to undertake any training required to enable you to discharge your role effectively.



  Critical listening and ability to ask effective questions

  Strategic thinking

  Excellent communication

  Problem-solving and analysis


  Understanding of data

  Finance and/or accounting knowledge

  HR experience

  Knowledge of education

  Leadership and management skills

  Risk management skills

  Legal expertise

  Marketing and communications skills


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This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

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