Governing Board

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Background

School governors are one of the country’s largest voluntary groups with around 345,000 school governors contributing to strategic development and raising standards of achievement at over 30,000 schools.

School governors are members of their school’s governing board which is a “corporate body”.  A corporate body has a legal identity that is separate from its members and as a result, individual governors are generally protected from personal liability as a result of the governing board’s decisions and actions, provided they act honestly, reasonably and in good faith.

Individual governors have no power or right to act on behalf of the governing board except where the whole governing board has delegated a specific function to that individual or where regulations specify that a function is to be exercised in a particular way.

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community, such as parents, the Staff, the Local Education Authority, the Community and other groups.  This helps to ensure that the governing board has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean that governors of a particular category “represent” that group on the governing board.  For example, Parent Governors do not act as a representative of the parents at the school and do not report back to them.

Responsibilities
The governing board has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement including setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school’s finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay and many more.

The governing board has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair.  The governing board may delegate certain of its responsibilities to certain governors or committees of governors, although in general, it is not compelled to do so.

Roles and Actions
There are a range of roles and actions that the governing board or individual governors need to consider:

  • Constitution of the Governing Board
    The governing board must be constituted in line with the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2003.  These regulations cover the number and type (category) of governors that make up the governing board. 
  • Terms of Reference of the Governing Board
  • Categories of Governors

Depending on the category (Community, Foundation, Voluntary Controlled, Voluntary Aided) of the school, the governing board will be made up of different numbers and categories of governors.  In brief, there are the following categories of school governor:

    • Parent governors – selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school.
    • Staff governors – selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school
    • Community governors – appointed by the governing board to represent community interests
    • LEA governors – appointed by the LEA
    • Foundation governors (not community schools) – appointed by the school’s founding body, church or other organisation named in the school’s instrument of government
    • Partnership governors (foundation schools only) – replace Foundation governors if the school does not have a founding body
    • Sponsor governors – discretionary category appointed by the governing board from individuals who have made significant (financial) contributions to the school
    • Associate members (not governors) – appointed by the governing board to attend committee meetings and/or full governing board meetings due to their particular skills or experience