The responsibilities of a school Governing Body include:
The key point to note about this list is that the responsibilities have a strategic focus. In carrying them out, the Governors work with the Headteacher and her team as the professional leaders of the school. The day-to-day responsibility for running the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and their senior colleagues.
They contribute to the work of the governing body in raising standards of achievement for all pupils. This involves providing a strategic view for the school, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability. The individual governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the governing body, to the staff and pupils of the school, the school’s wider community and, where they are representatives, to the constituency they represent; in the case of parent governors this would be all the other parents in the school community.
However, while governors may represent a particular constituency they are not delegates of that group and they do not advocate for individual children, staff of interest groups. All governors have the same responsibilities and status.
In practice, the kinds of things that governors do include:
Meetings of the full governing body take place in school each half term. The main committees meet every term, usually a week before the full governing body meeting. Additional meetings with the Headteacher are called as and when necessary. Minutes of the full governing body are available on request.
The Governing Body is responsible for contributing to raising standards of achievement for all pupils. Governing Body members contribute to providing a strategic view for the school, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability through full Governing Body meetings.