The purpose of the post is to 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 their particular constituency (parents; staff; teachers; etc). Although some governors may represent particular constituencies they are not delegates of that group.
What criteria are used when selecting a governor?
What is the code of conduct?
Governor conduct is underpinned by the following key principles:
DBS checking procedures
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 specifies that individuals acting as members of the governing body of an educational establishment (defined as either an educational establishment which is exclusively or mainly for the provision of full-time education to children, or a maintained nursery school) need to undergo a DBS check.
How long a term do Governors serve?
All Governors serve for 4 years from the date of their election or appointment. Parent Governors serve out their term even if their child leaves the school in the meantime. Teacher Governors and the Staff Governor end their term if they cease to be employed at the school.
How does the Governing Body carry out this work?
Even though they have overall responsibility, Governors cannot possibly be expected to carry out all this themselves. It continues to be the job of the Headmaster and the staff to carry out all the detailed work of running the School. The full Governing Body sets the policies it wants the School to follow and checks that this is done. There are a number of committees on which both Governors and staff serve and where the work of both groups can be brought together. Governors may choose which committees to join.
How much time will it take?
The Governing Body meets at school once a term in the evening for about two hours and all Governors are expected to attend. Most of the committees meet once each term, for about two hours and all committee members are expected to attend. In addition most Governors take a general interest in the school and attend school events and activities like Open Days, concerts, stage productions, etc. Link Governors make their own arrangements to meet with departments about once a term.
How are Parent Governors elected?
Parents are asked to put their own names forward to be a Parent Governor or support the nomination of someone else. If there are more than two nominations for each position an election by secret ballot is held, when all the parents of pupils at the school will have the opportunity to vote.
Who is qualified to stand for election?
Any person who is the parent or legally appointed guardian of a registered pupil at the school.
Who is NOT qualified to stand for election?
A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of their election or appointment and cannot be a registered pupil at the school. A person cannot hold more than one governorship at the same school. A person is disqualified from holding or from continuing to hold office as a governor or associate member if he or she:
o A disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company
Directors Act 1986
o A disqualification order under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989
o A disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors
Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002
o An order made under section 492(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under a County Court administration order)
Charity Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement, or under Section 34 of the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 from participating in the management or control of any body
of the Education Act 2002
becoming a governor or since becoming a governor