The Board of Governors
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LA Appointed Governors
Mrs Wendy Swindells
Mr. Mike Connolly
Mr. Nigel Taylor
Ms Kate Jude
Mr. Mervyn King (Joint Chair)
Mrs. Joan Richardson (Joint Chair)
Mr. Gordon Thurston
Mrs. Patricia Gerrard
Mr. Jeremy Glover
Mr. Steve Gallant
Mrs. Dorothy O'Toole
Mrs. Karen Mulkern
The main role and function of the Governing body is about:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors are frequently reminded to ‘Ask the right questions’
Effective governing bodies hold their headteacher and other senior school leaders to account for improving school performance by asking the right questions. This might include asking:
- Which groups of pupils are the highest and lowest performing, and why? Do you have credible plans for addressing underperformance or less than expected progress? How will we know that things are improving?
- Which year groups or subjects get the best and worst results and why? How does this relate to the quality of teaching across the school? What is your strategy for improving the areas of weakest performance?
- How are you going to raise standards for all children, including the most and least able, those with special educational needs, those receiving free school meals, boys and girls, those of a particular ethnicity, and any who are currently underachieving?
- Have your decisions been made with reference to external evidence, for example has the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Toolkit been used to determine Pupil Premium spending decisions? How will you know if your approach is working? Will the impact of decisions and interventions be monitored and supported, using appropriate tools such as the EEF DIY Evaluation Guide?
- Do we have the right staff and the right development and reward arrangements?
- What is the school’s approach to implementation of pay reform and performance related pay? If appropriate, is it compliant with the most up to date version.
- Governing bodies’ relationship with school leaders
- Headteachers are responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school. It is their job to implement the strategic framework established by the governing body. The governing body should not be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school. The governing body delegates powers to allow the headteacher to perform his or her management duties. The headteacher must report to the governing body regularly on how those powers have been carried out.
- The headteacher should give the governing body information on the performance of the school and other reports that the governing body may need to carry out its functions. The governing body should offer the headteacher challenge and constructive advice.
The governing body may delegate all of its functions relating to staff employment in schools with the exception of:
- establishing a selection panel to appoint a headteacher or deputy headteacher;
- establishing procedures for the regulation of conduct and discipline of staff; and
- making sure that safer recruitment procedures are applied
Extracts from:: DFE (2014), A framework for Governance (2015)