Governors make vital decisions which influence the quality of education our children receive and that is a considerable responsibility and commitment on your part. As a governor, there is a lot to learn and do, much of which will be enjoyable, particularly
the tasks which bring you into contact with the school staff and pupils.
You do not have to be an ‘expert’ or ‘professional’ to be a good school governor, but you may find some of the training courses outlined in the Prospectus of Courses useful which can be found in the Training section.
We would strongly recommend new governors to attend the next Introduction to Governance course for details below, which is repeated throughout the year and across the district. School Governor Service will send a 'Welcome Pack' to all new governors and
our aims is to ensure that all new governors can attend an Introduction to Governance Course within three months of their appointment.
Declaration of Eligibility - September 2017
New Governor Details Form - e-mail this form to
Introduction to Governance - Course Details - e-mail your booking to firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular attendance at meetings
The meeting is where the governing board makes the big decisions that affect children, staff, and school families. It is very important that all governors take part in this decision making. Please make every effort not to miss meetings. If the meetings are
at a difficult time for you, please let the clerk know. If missing a meeting is unavoidable, then you should send apologies as soon as you can.
School Governing Board Regulations state that if a governor fails to attend for six months, the governor is disqualified.
Membership of a Governing Board Committee
Much of the work of the governing board takes place through governing board committees. Ideally every governor should serve on at least one committee. A committee meets once or twice a term. Committees provide good opportunities for new governors to get involved
right away and because the group is small it is easier to take a full part in all discussions.
You will be sent meeting papers at least seven days before the meeting. Meetings can only be purposeful if everyone has prepared well; this means reading the papers and making notes of any questions or points you wish to make.
If you have any questions before the meeting you can contact the headteacher, chair of governors or clerk to governors who would all be pleased to help.
Stick to the Agenda
Governors decide what should be discussed at meetings. If you would like to put something on the agenda, contact the chair or the clerk at least a fortnight before the date of the meeting. Once the agenda is set, only urgent or unforeseen items can be dealt
with under Any Other Business.
It is important that governors share information. However, some things must be kept confidential, discussion of a child or member of staff for example. Sometimes the governing body agrees that a matter is confidential and everyone should then abide by this
Whether a matter is confidential or not you should only discuss the decisions made not who said what or which governors supported or proposed a decision.
Governors have no ‘power’ as individuals. That lies with the governing board as a whole. The governing board may delegate its responsibilities to a committee or to an individual governor. When parents or others in the community bring ideas or concerns to you,
your first port of call should be the headteacher. Sometimes it is appropriate that such matters are taken to the governing board. Your headteacher and chair of governors can advise you on this.
The governing board rarely votes in order to make a decision. We aim to discuss everything thoroughly and ensure all points or view are listened to and carefully considered before reaching an agreement. Once a decision is made all governors should support
Use Plain English!
All governors have an equally important part to play. Experienced governors should avoid using ‘jargon’. New governors should not hesitate to ask for explanations, that way everyone can contribute.
Keep well informed
School Governor Service provides an Introduction to Governance course which all new governors are strongly advised to attend. Every governor receives an Annual Prospectus of Courses and you are free to attend as many of the courses as you wish*. Governor training
will be a regular item on your agenda.
* For schools who subscribe to the School Governor Service Platinum, Gold A, Gold C or Bronze package there is no additional charge. Governors from non-subscribing schools will be charged £110 per course and £190 for attendance on an Introduction to Governance Course.