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parent governors - what time are your meetings? because I am fed up...

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geekgirl · 09/10/2007 07:43

with our school's 4pm meetings

why why why do they have to meet at 4?
It's just about the crappiest time for having to find a babysitter.

I've spent a fortune on babysitting since becoming a governor 2 years ago - if dh was to come home that early he'd have to take half the day off (and lose £££ in earnings as he's a contractor).

Other schools nearby do their governors' meetings either during the school day (not possible with ours) or in the evening. Even 6pm would be fab.

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puddle · 12/10/2007 10:08

Geekgirl do you have a governor support team at your local authority? They would be my next port of call for strategies to address this.

Am furious on your behalf.

puddle · 12/10/2007 10:18

I would have thought if the vice chair was losing two hours of work time he would be happier to meet in the evenings too.

Hassled · 12/10/2007 10:28

I do understand your reluctance to be seen as a troublemaker but the thing is your Governing Body is being discriminatory, by preventing parents with childcare needs from attending. A good GB should be representative of the community and of the parents - the GB is a "critical friend" to the School, and that won't be the case if its members are restricted by the practicalities of attending.
One of our best Governors last year was an absolute pain in the neck at meetings - questioned everything, challenged policies all the time. While the Head clearly disliked him, she did acknowledge when he left that he was doing what all good Governors should - there is no point having a GB if its members can't challenge the status quo.

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