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Governor Responsibilities and Code of Conduct

Governor Responsibilities

Governors have three statutory responsibilities as part of their strategic role

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

    Governors are appointed to provide

  • strong links between the school and the community it serves

  • a wide experience of the outside world

  • an independent view

  • a visible form of accountability for the headteacher and staff of the school

  • a team focusing on long term development and improvement

  • accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning in the school

  • support for the headteacher and staff.

    School governors are expected to

  • attend the both relevant committee and Full Governing Body meetings

  • show an interest in school activities, by for example, visits to the school, reading documentation etc.

  • attend necessary training courses to ensure that the Governing Body are able to make informed decisions.

  • attend the full governing body annual training.

  • visit the school at least twice during school hours for governor business.

  • provide as much notice as possible if they are unable to attend meetings to ensure that all Governor’s time is used efficiently and that decision making is not compromised. A minimum of one week is expected.

  • ensure that they do not bring the school into disrepute and that they fulfil the role they have.

  • share the responsibilities and work as a team.

    In addition, individual governors will usually be involved in some of the following activities often through groups or committees which report back to the main body

  • staff appointments

  • the financial management of the school

  • the curriculum

  • liaising with parents and other stakeholders on behalf of the governing body

    Governing bodies are the strategic planners of schools

  • agrees policies and practice which allows the headteacher the necessary tools to carry out his/her responsibilities

  • agrees principles and targets for improvement

  • acts as the critical friend of the school and headteacher

  • receives and discusses reports on the resulting practice and conduct of the school

    And Finally..........

    No one governor is expected to know it all. The strength of a governing body lies in its ability to attract and rely upon members from a wide variety of backgrounds, share out the duties amongst its members, and be able to take decisions as a group.

Governors Code of Conduct
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