Governing boards meet regularly to look at the big picture and the school or trust’s long-term goals.
Governing boards work together to:
- developing a vision and strategy for the school or trust
- overseeing the financial performance and making sure the school budget is well spent
- holding the school and trust leaders to account to ensure that every pupil has the best possible education
- engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school or trust community to understand their views
- attending governing board meetings: these normally take place around six times a year and may be held outside school hours
- looking at information and evidence on the school or trust’s progress and discussing with executive leaders
- visiting schools to see plans working in practice, and listening to the views of staff, pupils and parents
- involvement with headteacher and CEO appointments
- making decisions about issues such as pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary matters
- undertaking induction training and ongoing development
The average time commitment is 5-8 hours per month, although it will vary depending on the needs of the school and the role. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits. All governing body meetings are held in the evening.
Like magistrates or members of a jury, school governors have a right to reasonable time off of work for their public duties, although this may be unpaid. Your company’s HR department will be able to tell you about its policy.