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The Key Players
The Clerk organises the administration of the Governing Body and gives advice on admin and procedures. The Clerk works closely with the Chair of Governors and to some extent the Head Teacher and is key to the Governing Body tackling its workload efficiently and effectively. Many Clerks are also administrators at the school which may assist in understanding the work of the school, Governing Body and LA but this is by no means essential.
The Head Teacher is responsible for the day to day organisation, management and control of the school. The Head Teacher is automatically a member of the Governing Body, should they wish to be. S/he will supply the Governing Body with the information they need to raise school standards and implement the Governing Body's strategic decisions.
The Governing Body
We have high expectations of governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which state that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.
In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Together the head teacher, the staff and the governing body work as a team for the good of the children, young people and adults in their school or college.
The governing body, with the head teacher, is accountable to the LA, and responsible to the community (which may include the church for some schools) and the parents.
The Chair of Governors
The Chair of Governors, besides many other duties, will guide the Governing Body through its meetings; build team spirit by recognising people's strengths while always being mindful of the bigger picture.
S/he also has a close relationship with the Clerk and the Headteacher but has no individual powers except in emergency situations where time prevents the calling of a full Governing Body meeting - any instances of which must be reported back to the Governing Body.
The Department for Education are responsible for discharging Government policy on Education will send regular information to the Head Teacher and Chair. The DfE are also in regular contact with the LA and maintain a good website for all the latest and historical information.
The Local Authority (LA)
Information and support will come to your school and Governing Body via the LA. We have a dedicated team to support Governing Bodies who arrange training and deal with appointments, regulations and procedures.
Each school also has a nominated phase (either primary phase or secondary phase) adviser, personnel officer, finance officer, premises officer, education and welfare officer, support officer and monitoring officer who can give specialist advice. Head teachers will know who their named officers are and how to contact them.