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Roles and Responsibilities of School Governors

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2.1 Roles and responsibilities of school governors, senior management team,statutory roles, teachers and support staff
The school governors work with the school. Its responsibilities and powers have to be exercised in conjunction with the Head teacher and staff. Governors do not intervene in the day to day management of the school, unless there is something seriously wrong. If there is a weakness in the school they need to take action. There is a fine balance that is not easy to keep. Individual governors have no power or responsibility. It is only the full governing body which has legal duties and powers and all governors share in that corporate responsibility. The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher and staff. Governors govern rather than manage. They are there to give direction and focus by performing a vital strategic role.
The roles & responsibilities of a school governor are
    • Attend a meeting of the full governing body at least once or twice a term. Most meetings take place in the early evening; but some can also take place during the working day
    • Attend committee and working party meetings (if you are invited on to a committee they could meet at least once a term)
    • Read reports and background papers prior to meetings
    • Attend other events such as concerts, open evenings, sports day etc.
    • Take part, if necessary in staff appointment panels, pupil admission and exclusion panels and more rarely staff discipline and grievance hearings
    • Showing an interest and participating in many of the schools activities
    • Visiting when you can during the day, Offering support and expertise
    • Getting to know the staff, pupils and their work
    • Keep up to date with local and national developments in education
    • Attend governor training sessions (as appropriate
    • Work co-operatively and creatively with others
The senior management team of a primary school will respect the...

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