School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the local authority (Lancashire), the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of skills, views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at the school and do not report back to them.
Governors are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.
In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
When a school is inspected by Ofsted, its governing body will be required to show evidence that governors conform to their three core functions
In the work that they do, a governors’ essential focus is on:
Another aspect of the governors role has traditionally been referred to as being a ‘’ of the school whereby in addition to the duties laid out above, governors can and should also:
for the headteacher’s ideas
which includes asking questions and challenging assumptions
to further the best interests of the school