Volunteer as a school governor
Tasks governors do not do
Governors have a strategic role; all operational matters must be left to school staff.
Therefore, as a governor it is worth being aware that you do not:
- Write school policies
- Undertake audits of any sort – whether financial or health and safety. This applies even if you have the relevant professional experience.
- Spend much time with the pupils of the school. If you want to work directly with children, there are other voluntary roles within the school.
- Fundraise, as this is the role of the PTA. The governing board looks at income streams and potential income generation but does not do fundraising tasks.
- Undertake classroom observations to make judgements on the quality of teaching. The governing board monitors the quality of teaching by asking for data from senior staff and external sources.
- Do the job of the school staff. If there's not enough capacity within the paid staff team to carry out necessary tasks, the governing board need to consider and rectify this.