School governors have a varied and important role, helping the school to run effectively. They have 3 core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent
- Holding the head teacher or school leadership to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
The governor role is strategic rather than operational
Governors don’t get involved with the day to day running of a school, instead supporting and challenging the school’s leadership team to drive school improvement
Governors must also ensure that the governing body complies with all legal and statutory requirements. Governors should seek the advice of the clerk to the governing board and other professional advice as appropriate.