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School Governors Wanted

We are currently seeking dedicated and enthusiastic people to join our governing boards.

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What do governors do?

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

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Governors set the aims and objectives for the school or group of schools and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

"You don’t need any experience, all you need is some time, an inquisitive mind, and to want to make a difference.  If you believe every child, whatever their background, deserves the very best chance to fulfil their potential and live a happy and rewarding life, then you will fit right in as a governor at Mercia Learning Trust.” Phil Smith, Chair of the Trust Board

What can you gain from being a governor?

Being part of a governing board can give you experience of working at a strategic level and the opportunity to learn and practice skills that have a direct relevance to employers. These include:

  • strategic leadership
  • budget control
  • data analysis
  • staff recruitment
  • building relationships and networks
  • effective team working
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • influencing/negotiation

Just as importantly, your involvement and commitment to a local school could make a massive difference to the future of young people and your community. Your input will help the school to improve and its children to get the best education possible.

If you could be interested in becoming a governor contact us at any time with queries.

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