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Who can become a school governor, how to become one and other useful information about the role of governors.
What do school governors do?
Information about the role of school governor is available from the National Governance Association. There description has been published below:
A model role description for trustees is available from www.nga.org.uk.
Governors work together to carry out their core functions:
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.
Governing bodies work closely with headteachers and senior leaders. Headteachers are responsible for day to day management whereas the role of the governing body is strategic. As such, governors are responsible for:
Governors must monitor the priorities that have been set to ensure progress is being made by:
When required, governors are expected to serve on panels or committees in order to:
Governors should ensure that they are making a positive and meaningful contribution to the governing body by:
Governors should receive out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of fulfilling their role as governor and NGA recommends that a governing board should have such an expenses policy. Payments can cover incidental expenses, such as travel and dependency care, but not loss of earnings.
Who can be a school governor?
A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of their election or appointment. A person cannot hold more than one governorship at the same school. Registered pupils cannot be governors.
A person is disqualified from being a governor or associate member if they:
have a mental disorder and are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983
have failed to attend the governing body meetings for a continuous period of six months, beginning with the date of the first meeting they failed to attend, without the consent of the governing body. This provision does not apply to the head teacher
are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order or their estate has been sequestrated and the sequestration has not been discharged, annulled or reduced
are subject to a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, a disqualification order under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, or to an order made under section 429 (2) of the Insolvency Act 1986
have been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by the Charity Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement, or under section 34 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 from being concerned in the management or control of anybody
are included in the list of teachers or workers considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children or young people
are disqualified from working with children or from registering for childminding or providing day care
are disqualified from being an independent school proprietor, teacher or employee by the Secretary of State
have been sentenced to 3 months or more in prison (without the option of a fine) in the 5 years before becoming a governor or since becoming a governor
have received a prison sentence of 2.5 years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor
have at any time received a prison sentence of 5 years or more
have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the 5 years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor; refuse to an application being made to the Criminal Records Bureau for a criminal records certificate.
How do I apply to become a school governor?
If you have an interest in education and the future of our young people, then volunteering as a governor is a fantastic way to make a huge contribution to our schools within the East Riding. In addition to helping drive educational progress and attainment in your local community, you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your own skills which will also benefit you in both your personal and professional life.
You can become a school governor by:
Parents and staff governor elections are organised by the school, please contact your nearest school for further information.
If you feel that this is the role for you and would like further information please contact Lisa Devine for an informal discussion. or apply today by completing our governor application form.
Lisa Devine, School Governance and CPD Manager
Tel: (01482) 392173
Do I need qualifications to be a School Governor?
No. Schools need governors from all walks of life with a wide mix of skills and relevant experience who can make a significant contribution to the running of their school.
We passionately believe that the best run schools are those with the highly-skilled governors who can both hold schools to account and direct their future path. It is essential that governing boards recruit and develop governors with the skills to deliver their core functions effectively.
How do I contact the governors at my child's school?
In order to contact the governors of your child's school you will need to get in touch with the school in the first instance and they will make the contact on your behalf. You will not be able to contact the governors directly, but the school will treat your contact in confidence where appropriate and act as a mediary.
If you need to make a complaint about a school and involve governors you will need to follow the school's complaints procedure.
Where can I find information on East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership?
The East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership website provides information on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area:
What information is available to support me in my role as a school governor?
The HERE for Schools governor resource pages provides a vast amount of information to help you in your role, further information is available and will require you to login.
The Governor's Association through Hull and East Riding (GAtHER) are a small independent group of experienced governors drawn from governing bodies of schools across the City of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.
If you are serving as a governor in a school or college, here you would find information and support to help you in carrying out your very important role:
The governors support service can provide advice and guidance to all governors, please contact your Clerk or email email@example.com.
What training is available to me as a school governor?
The HERE for Schools platform offers a wide range of training for governors. Governors can search for relevant training, however, in order to request to attend an event you must login. Any requests to attend training will then be directed to your school for approval.
Governors of schools who have subscribed to the Governors Support Service Level Agreement will have access to the National Governors Association (NGA) Learning Link. Learning Link is an easy to use e-learning portal offering over 50 modules that will help governors with their professional development.
For further information and to register please follow the link above.
Where can I find information on education, learning and training opportunities for young people?
The Hull and East Riding Prospectus is run jointly by Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, supported by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, and provides a prospectus of education, learning and training opportunities in Hull and East Riding for young people aged 14 to 19:
Do you publish a handbook for school governors?
Can I access policies for governors published by the local authority each term?
Yes. The latest policies for governors from the local authority can be accessed via HERE for Schools.
You can select a document to view using the 'download' link.
If you need a document to be provided in an alternate format please contact:
Senior Governor Support Officer
Tel: (01482) 392446