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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Information for school governors

information for school governors

Governors represent people from many walks of life; school staff, parents, the local community and even the church or organisations connected to the school. This means that school decisions are made by people with a wide range of experience and views.

The main role of the governing body is:

  • It is accountable for the performance of the school
  • It helps shape the school’s future direction
  • It monitors and reviews the performance of the school
  • It makes decisions about the school’s budget and staffing
  • It makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
  • It decides how the school can encourage pupil’s spiritual, moral and cultural development.

The statutory responsibilities placed on governors are extensive but there is help and advice available to them through the activities of the School and Governor Support Service.

 

Governors Support Service

Our School and Governor Support team provide a bespoke and up-to-date expertise around all governance issues. The service supports governors, governing bodies, schools and academies to carry out their statutory roles and responsibilities.

Under the agreement, for each governing body the support service will do the following:

  • Help the governing body to set agendas for meetings
  • Produce all relevant documents needed for a meeting
  • Post all documents to governors seven days before a meeting
  • Provide a support officer at the governing body meetings to: record all business discussed, give advice to governors, report back on matter arising from previous meetings or correspondence and send a copy of the meeting's 'minutes' (the official record of the meeting) to the headteacher and the chair of governors for them to approve
  • Process any follow-up work from the meeting
  • Keep in touch with and advise the headteacher and the chair of governors between meetings
  • Run an advice line for all governors
  • Produce a summary of actions agreed at meetings and provide this to all governors
  • Produce reports for governors on all aspects of education, including any issues we want governors' views on

Each term we prepare and circulate documentation to Chairs and Vice Chairs detailing actions and discussion items which may need to be covered at Governing Body or Committee meetings.

The support service is also committed to providing high quality training and development opportunities for governors and governing bodies.

Further details are available on the Governor Training Page.

 

How to become a Governor 

All over the country, school governors are helping Headteachers ensure the next generation gets the best from school. They are volunteers who help decide on the direction, focus and ethos of schools.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor you will find further information in the following documents. Alternatively you can contact the Governor Support Service.

Contact the Governor Support Service 

Telephone: 01642 526420

Email: governor.admin@stockton.gov.uk  

Address: School and Governor Support Service, The Education Centre at Stockton Sixth Form College, Bishopton Road West, Stockton-on-Tees, TS19 0QD

 

Useful Links for New and Existing Governors

Ofsted

OfSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Information Commissioner’s Office

The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

National Governance Association (NGA)

The NGA is an independent charity representing and supporting governors, trustees and clerks in maintained schools and academies in England. The NGA’s goal is to improve the well-being of children and young people by increasing the effectiveness of governing boards and promoting high standards. It does this by providing information, advice, guidance, research and training. It also works closely with, and lobbies, UK government and educational bodies, and is the leading campaigning national membership organisation for school governors and trustees.

 

Further Information

Governance Handbook

NGA Learning Link

The Key Support for School Governors