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Parents as governors

Being a school governor or trustee is challenging but satisfying. It requires specific skills and the time to see the job through. Parents should absolutely seek to become governors. It's a role where you can play to your strengths and offer a wealth and breadth of experience to help in shaping the policies and direction of the school.

Emma Knights, Chief Executive of The National Governors’ Association (NGA), said it best when she described the role as, “ Hands off, eyes on.

The NGA’s official description enlarges on this:
“School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.”

To find out more about the work of school governors, here are some useful places to visit:


Reviewed: January 2018

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