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What do Governors do?

What do Governors do ?


Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

The governors' role is not about fundraising, neither is it about cheerleading for the school - though governors might do both those things. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.  Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. 


The key roles of the governing body are:-


  • Setting the aims and objectives for the school
  • Setting the policies
  • Setting the targets
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)

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