BCP Council Governor Documents
Application pack for governors
School governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They do not need to be education experts or have formal qualifications. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country. They have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is key to the effectiveness of a school.
The most effective governors are those who:
- listen, think and ask questions
- believe that education is important
- take an interest in the role of schools in the community
- can work with others and assimilate a wide range of information and data
- have a willingness to learn
- have sound communication skills
- are prepared to give time to doing the job well
Who can be a governor?
You do not need to be a teacher, a parent, or an experienced professional parent – it is about attitude and expertise
School governing boards need skilled people to help them run effectively. Whether you have spent 20 years as an accountant or early into your career, schools need people with skills such as problem solving or negotiation just as much as specific expertise.
Being a school governor comes with rewards. On average, governors dedicate about 7 hours a month to this role. The term of office for a governor is 4 years.
Follow the links below to read the Department for Education guidelines about becoming a governor.
Maintained school governor requirements
Academy trustee requirements
Governors’ roles and responsibilities
Governors performs a vital strategic role as part of a governing body. They
need to make time to
- attend full governing body meetings, usually twice a term
- attend committee and working party meetings about once or twice a term
- attend school events
- read reports and background papers before meetings
- visit the school during the working day
- staff appointment panels
- pupil exclusion panels
- complaints panels and staff discipline and grievance hearings
- attend training
Individual governors have no power or responsibility. It is only the full governing body that has legal duties and powers. However, all governors share in that corporate responsibility. The school's direction is agreed by the governing body, headteacher and senior leadership team, who also make sure the school is meeting its targets. The headteacher and staff manage the school on a day-to-day basis.
How to apply
If you would like to be a governor, please click the link below to download and complete the following application forms:
Local Authority School Governor Application Form_JC
LA Employee's Governor Protocol final_JC
Once you have completed the form please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The school will carry out pre-appointment checks (DBS) to ensure you have clearance to work with children and young people.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a school governor, visit the National Governors Association website before you apply.
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