Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They make up one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.
According to Ofsted, the most effective academies have a high standard of management, which includes the leadership of the academy committee.
What do governors do?
Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in academies. Each individual governor is a member of the academy committee – individual governors may not act independently, decisions are the joint responsibility of the committee.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions is to:
- set the vision and strategic direction of the academy
- hold senior leaders to account on educational performance
- ensure financial resources are well spent
- engage with stakeholders, parents and carers, staff and students, and the wider community
The principal is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the academy and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Board of Trustees and delegated to the academy committees. Governors are not expected to get involved in the day-to-day running of the academy and do not need to have experience of working in education.
Governors offer their time voluntarily and usually sign-up to a period of four years, although you may leave at any point. They are expected to attend meetings and visit the academy for formal events and informally as part of their work.