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Could you help make a real difference to children’s life chances in Norfolk?
The role of school governors and trustees is a vital one. In fact, school governors form the largest volunteer force in the country! However, although this is a voluntary role it's certainly not an amateur one, with its key aim of improving the educational outcomes of children.
The key roles of governing/trust boards are:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
The role of governor or trustee is primarily a strategic one, and requires many of the skills you may already have in other areas of your life, for example financial expertise. Governors and trustees are appointed on the basis of a wide range of skills. Each governing/trust board will be looking for skills which complement the rest of the team.
The role does not involve the day to day management of the school. This is the role of the headteacher.
The time commitment varies, depending on the school and the how involved you want to be. Here are some of the main expectations of the role:
Attending meetings of the full governing/trust board (often six times a year)
Attending committee meetings (often six times a year)
Understanding a wide range of information about the school/academy, including statistical data, policies and plans, and various reports from the headteacher and other education professionals
Visiting the school in a monitoring role to see how plans are taking shape
Attending induction training and taking part in continuous professional development