The Governing Board
School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.
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 board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.
The role of the governing board 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 (a critical friend)
Little Leigh Governing Board Vision
LLPS Governing board will be an efficient means of support, check and challenge to the leadership and staff of LLPS.
It will have:
- A pupil-centred approach that facilitates the work of the staff.
- Robust routines and schedules that provide evidence of its ongoing monitoring of all aspects of school life.
- Streamlined and uniform evaluation procedures that identify the purpose and findings of each visit, liaise and feedback to staff.
- Clearly defined sub-committees whose remit ties in with the Ofsted framework, establishing accountability across all areas that will be subject to inspection.
- Members who know their value to the body and who have a clear and purposeful role that feeds into their sub-committees.
- A future-minded structure that develops leadership and facilitates smooth succession at all levels.
- To have a Governing board that meets the requirement of its constitution.
- To restructure the sub-committees in line with the Ofsted framework whilst ensuring these are appropriate to the requirements necessary fulfil the long-term vision.
- To provide stability and consistency during the upcoming months of leave and temporary positions.
- To provide induction, initial training and ongoing training for new and existing members of the Governing board.
- To appoint new members to sub-committees and roles according to skills and experience.
- To plan for the development of the Governing board.