Role of Governors
All schools are required by law to have a Governing Body and the Department for Education (DfE) decides what categories of governors there should be and the minimum numbers of these. At Oxspring there is provision for 4 parent governors; 1 staff governor; 1 Local Authority governor; 6 co-opted governors and the Headteacher. Once they become members, the governors are there to represent the children not the people who elected or co-opted them.
The purpose of governance
“The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.”
For further details, please see the DfE Governance handbook January 2017. A PDF of the full handbook can be downloaded here from the DfE website.
What does a school governor do?
More information about what a governor does can be found in this official National Governors’ Association document.