The Governing Body is a vital part of the leadership of any school. Serving God and the school community is a privilege and responsibility. It is vital that this is carried out in an increasingly professional and effective way.
During an Ofsted inspection there is a focus on inspecting the quality of leadership and management including governance, in the school. This not only means governors need to be prepared for ‘the interview’ but also attend to their roles responsibly.
Their specific role in developing the school as a Church school is also scrutinised during the SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) process. One of the key questions SIAMS inspectors always ask is “How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?”
Governors should have a detailed and strategic knowledge of their school and it follows that governors, Head teacher and staff should work as a united team, dedicated to realising a shared Christian vision for the school.
The Church School of the Future Review 2012 highlighted the need for church schools to:
- Be central to the Church’s mission;
- Be championed by the Church at every level;
- Not dilute or compromise in its strong, distinctive ‘brand’;
- Ensure faith and spiritual development at the heart of the curriculum;
- Ensure high quality Religious Education and Collective Worship shapes its Christian ethos.
It is the role of the governing body and Foundation Governors in particular to ensure this agenda is effectively pursued.
GovernorLine - a free professional helpline offering email and telephone support to school governors, clerks and individuals involved in school guidance in England. GovernorLine is available Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, excluding public holidays, and 11am to 4pm on weekends.
Call 08000 722 181 or email at www.governorline.info.
GovernorNet - this website contains a wide range of information to assist governors in their role www.governornet.co.uk.
Governors' newsletter - published and distributed three times a year. The newsletter can be ordered, free of charge, from the DCSF Publications Centre (tel: 0845 602 2260) quoting reference GN or viewed at www.governornet.co.uk/governorsnewsletter.