Governor Commitments

Governor Commitments

Through their representation of the wider school community (this includes the parents, school staff and other members of that community), governors help their school improve and provide the best possible education for the pupils.

Thinking about becoming a governor?

A good governor has many skills and qualities including:

  • An ability to respect confidentiality.

  • An interest in education.

  • Communication skills.

  • An ability to absorb information.

  • Tact and diplomacy.

  • An ability to work as part of a team.

  • A willingness to give your time.

  • A commitment to equal opportunities.

  • An open mind.

  • A willingness to undertake training. 

What Governors Do

Governing bodies are expected to play three key roles - they provide a strategic overview, they act as a critical friend to the school and they ensure accountability. By working strategically, the governing board helps to provide the best possible education for the pupils of the school. Through working as a corporate board with a clearly defined division of responsibilities between the headteacher and the governors, the governing board:

  • Helps to set standards and targets for performance for the school.

  • Has an overview of the curriculum.

  • Helps to set policies for itself and the school.

  • Delivers effective planning including planning the delivery of financial, personnel and post-inspection duties.

A Governor's Commitments

As a governor you will be expected to:

  • Support the aims and objectives of your school and promote the interests of the school and its pupils within the local community.

  • Attend meetings of the governing board and its committees. The full governing board may meet twice every term and its committees may meet once or twice every term.

  • Attend the school on a regular basis through a planned programme of visits.

  • Recognise that you and the governing board are accountable for your actions.

  • Act as a member of the governing board and not as an individual with personal interests.

  • Keep informed about developments within the school.

  • Attend training to increase your knowledge, skills and ability to deliver your duties and responsibilities.

What help is available to Governors?

The headteacher and colleagues on the governing board are best placed to support fellow governors and provide them with essential information about the school and the governing board's role within the school. This should include:

  • The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) Guide to the Law.

  • Details of the school, its staff and its recent performance and assessment information.

  • Details of the governing board including minutes, dates of meetings, committee structure and terms of reference.

  • The most recent school profile (annual parents' report for maintained nursery schools only), school development plan, Ofsted inspection report and school prospectus.

  • Details of training opportunities.