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School governors

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Walsall Schools need Governors

Could you become a school governor?

Do you want to put something back in your local community?

Are you interested in making a positive contribution to the education of children and young people in Walsall?

School Governors play a vital role in raising standards and the overall performance of the school.

The role of a governor:

The role of a governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that the best possible education is delivered to the children.

The Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

    Other important duties include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent, including deciding how many staff work there and their pay.
  • Promoting high standards of educational attainment; set targets for pupil achievement.
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline.
  • Making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught.
  • Participate in the appointment and dismissing of staff.
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies.

    Who can be a school governor?

    You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and the governing body will check your suitability for the school. You don't need specific qualification, but some governors may have qualifications and professional skills. Schools need volunteers (whether parents or not) with experience of life, and it is really important that you have time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people.

    What makes a good governor and what can I offer?

  • Commitment to ongoing development and getting to know the school well, including effective induction.
  • Commitment to playing an active part whilst working as part of a team.
  • Ability to provide robust challenge and hold school leaders to account whilst listening to and respecting the views of others.
  • Focus on a strategic role rather than involvement in operational matters.
  • To have enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Whether you are a parent or not, as a member of the community your local knowledge will be valuable; you will have a feel for what is important to people.
  • If you have a business or other skills, schools may find these particularly useful.

    I work full-time, will I still have the time to be a school governor. How much time does it take?

    Many school governors work full time. Governors meetings can take place during the working day, and very often during the evenings. Before you become a governor you can check with the school how many meetings you are expected to attend and when they usually take place. Governors act as a team and the time commitment of governors will vary.

    If you are serious about becoming a governor, then you need to:

  • Be willing to prepare for meetings; there can be a lot of papers to read.
  • Attend meetings; the governing body must meet at least once a term, and you may be asked to serve on at least one committee, these may meet once a term.

    If you cannot prepare for and attend meetings you will not be able to help the school effectively.

    Time off work

    Employment law gives people the right to reasonable unpaid time off and some employers give paid leave for school governor duties. Most employers encourage their staff to become school governors. They realise that the skills gained through being a governor are transferable to the workplace.

    Costs incurred

    Governing bodies are allowed to refund costs incurred to governors, for example cost of a carer for dependent relatives while you attend meetings, this could be for a child.

    Induction for New Governors

    Once you have been recruited to a school as a governor you will receive an induction pack. The pack includes information about your role and responsibilities as a governor and information on the training that is available to you. We offer an induction course that will ease you in to your role and offer support where required. New governors are expected to attend the induction course as this is essential to helping you understand your role and responsibilities.

    If you are interested in becoming a governor or would like further information please contact the Governance Services Team on 01922 652864 or email: govsupport@walsall.gov.uk

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