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Parent Governor - any tips?

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magichonchon Fri 23-Sep-11 23:14:07

Anyone out there a governor at their school? What do you do? Is it different from PTA?

Thanks in anticipation

DanFmDorking Sat 24-Sep-11 00:07:55

The PTA and the Governing Body are quite different. The PTA have a ‘fund raising role’ (usually for extras for the school, not textbooks) and a social role.

School Governors are there to do the following:-

1 To Provide a Strategic View
2 To Act as a “Critical Friend”
3 To Ensure Accountability

School Governors do not run the school; they are there to take an overview and see that it delivers.

Being a Governor varies slightly from school to school. The main thing is ‘time and commitment’. You should think of the Governor meetings as meetings that you must attend and arrange your social/work life around them. You should attend the training sessions that your Local Authority provides.

School Governors are the biggest volunteer organisation in the UK. We estimate that it takes up about 35hrs per year although, of course, it depends on how involved you want to be.

Governors deal with Budgets, Policies, Targets and things which are 'a step away' from the 'day to day' running of the school.
Any question like 'My child doesn't ... isn't ... can't ...' is not for a Governors meeting.

Two useful sites: ukgovernors and Governor Line.

Being a Governor can be extremely rewarding and interesting but for most people there is a steep learning curve before they feel that they are doing something worthwhile. As the Governing Body operates at a mainly strategic level there is a fair amount of paperwork that comes our way that at times can seem daunting.

You may wish to Google ‘being a school governor’.

madwomanintheattic Sat 24-Sep-11 00:40:35

what dan said grin

completely different thing. not even vaguely related.

in my last governor post, we were responsible for recruiting and selecting the new HT, which was a huge responsibility.

there are loads of governor threads on mn - maybe pour yourself a glass and go through a few of them to get a flavour.

are you thinking of putting yourself forward? or do you know someone who is a governor, or need to find out what they do for a different reason?

magichonchon Sat 24-Sep-11 08:30:37

Thanks that really useful, going to have a read of the links you sent me. I am thinking of applying but need to think about the commitment on top of my own job.

Thanks both of yousmile.

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