What do Governors do?

Governors work as a team called the Governing Board.

The Governing Board is responsible for making sure the school provides good quality education. Raising educational standards in school is now a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.

Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

Every school must have a Governing Board. The membership will vary according to the type of school. The Governing  Board has some discretion of the numbers of governors.

Governing Boards are responsible to parents, funders and the community. The Governing Board’s main role is to help raise standards of achievement:

• It is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community

• It plans the school’s future direction with particular reference to the special needs of the pupils

• It selects the headteacher

• It makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing

• It makes sure the National Curriculum is taught

• It decides how the school can encourage pupil’s spiritual, moral and social development

• It makes sure the school provides for all its pupils to meet their special needs and help them to achieve their potential