What do school Governing Boards do?
Governors fulfil three crucial responsibilities. These are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors meet these responsibilities in part by:
- Appointing and managing the performance of the headteacher.
- Delegating authority to the headteacher for the leadership and management of the school.
- Approving and reviewing all statutory school policies.
- Holding school leaders accountable for the health and safety of all stakeholders.
- Annually approving the school budget and monitoring school finances throughout the year.
- Overseeing staffing and HR processes, including approving performance related pay increments for teachers.
- Regularly reviewing school performance in a range of key areas, including pupil education, welfare and safeguarding and challenging leaders to improve them.
- Overseeing all school exclusions and approving any that last more than five days.
In order to fulfill these very significant responsibilities well, all Edventure Governors have committed to adhere to the National Governance Association’s Code of Conduct.