What is the Governing Body?

A governing body’s overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the head teacher to promote continuous improvement in the performance of the school. The Governing body is there to be a ‘critical friend’ who can provide the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the head teacher and the school ensuring that the school is delivering good education for all the children and providing value for money.

Roles and Responsibilities

There is a clear distinction between the Governing Body & the Headteacher.
The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school; and for advising on and implementing the governing body’s strategic framework. In particular, head teachers need to formulate aims and objectives, policies and targets for the governing body to consider adopting; and to report to the governing body on progress at least once every school year.

In summary the head teacher’s role is operational.

The role of the governing body is to:

  • Provide strategic review – focusing on where they can add most value, helping to decide, set and keep under review the school’s broad framework and strategy so that the head teacher and staff are able to continually raise standards of achievement promote effective teaching and successful pupil learning.
  • Act as the ‘critical friend’ of the Headteacher and school – providing the Headteacher and staff with support, guidance and advice drawing on the member’s knowledge and experience as well as monitoring evaluating the schools effectiveness and promoting the interests of the children.
  • To ensure accountability – responsibility for ensuring a quality education in the school by being in an informed position, discussing, questioning and refining proposals to fit the school and it’s short, medium and long term strategies, whilst at all times respecting the Headteacher and staff and the work that they do in the school.

Ultimately, the governing body answers to the pupils, school, parents and the wider community for the standards within the school.