We are delighted that our Chair of Governors Nicky Clarke was recognised for her outstanding work and was awarded the 2015 Outstanding School Governor Award. Nicky received her award in recognition of her work as a Governor and her commitment to our school continues to present.
The Role of the Governor:
These points relate to the Ofsted criteria for leadership and management, specifically the governance of the school, assessing the extent to which the governing body will help shape the vision and direction of the school. It will ensure that the school fulfils its statutory duties, including promoting inclusive policies in relation to special educational needs, race equality, disability and sex.
It must have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school, challenge and support the senior management team; fulfil its statutory responsibilities and is able to account for the performance of the school and strike an appropriate balance between support and challenge.
The Governing Body will act as a team and as ambassadors for the school. Look for opportunities to offer praise and thanks and celebrate the schools’ successes. Look after the interests of the whole school and its community rather than separate individual interests and recognise the importance of establishing and maintaining positive relationships with all members of the school community.
The Strategic Role of the Governing Body:
The governing body has the responsibility, with the Headteacher, for setting the aims and direction of the school. The School Development Plan will encompass these aims and this direction. Without full involvement, the governing body cannot be strategic. It must consider the aims and ethos of the school in the planning process, have active involvement in the sketching out of plans and policies and ensure the School Development Plan has short, medium and long-term objective. They must identify targets for the school and consider options when making decisions but also be aware of wider developments affecting education.
The Role of the Governing Body as Critical Friend:
While fulfilling their Critical Friend role it is important that governors focus on their responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the school. They should not be involved in the day to day management of the school which is the role of the Headteacher.
They ask ‘how can we help the school to improve’, request information from the Head, staff and others to help monitor progress and justify recommendations. They ask questions of the head, staff and others to challenge and support and have an agreed system to monitor the budget on a regular basis.