What does the Governing Body do?
The school’s governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. School governors come from every walk of life. There are over 300,000 school governors in England and they form the largest volunteer force in the country. They have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles:
Establishing accountability, by:
•Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
•Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
•Meeting statutory duties
Ensuring accountability, by:
•Appointing the Headteacher
•Monitoring progress towards targets
•Performance managing the Headteacher
•Engaging with stakeholders
•Contributing to school self-evaluation
Ensuring financial probity, by:
•Setting the budget
•Monitoring spending against the budget
•Ensuring value for money is obtained
•Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed
The role of the governing body is key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted has noted that the good schools demonstrate effective leadership and management which includes by the governing body. The governors' role is not about fundraising; neither is it about cheerleading for the school (though governors might do both those things).
How is the Governing Body organised?
Tang Hall Primary School is what is called a “Community School”. This means that the staff are employees of the County Council, who also own the buildings. We have four types of governor:
(Elected by the parents)
(Elected by the staff)
(Appointed by the other governors)
(Appointed by the Local Authority)
Each individual governor is a member of the governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. 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. The Headteacher is a member of the Governing Body.