governors play a key role in the development of schools and make a significant
contribution to the running of the school.
It is a voluntary position but one that will give a great deal of
satisfaction and being a governor is an opportunity to make a real contribution
to young people and the community.
Effective leadership and management is considered by Ofsted as a key
component of a well run school.
governing body is the strategic decision-making body in each school. It has a
crucial role in making sure every child gets the best possible education. The role it plays is:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and
- Holding the headteacher to account
for the educational performance of the school, its pupils, and the performance
management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance
of the school and making sure its money is well spent
bodies meet at least once a term. Many use committees to look at more detailed
aspects of their work and advise them on decisions. Committees are often set up
to look at specific issues e.g. pupil performance, curriculum, staffing,
finance and premises. Responsibility
for actions and decisions lies with the governing body as a whole and not with
individual members. In addition the governing body is required by law to be
covered by an insurance policy.
How much time will be expected of you?
A governor can expect to volunteer for the equivalent of about
ten days each year, but this is likely to increase if the governor takes on the
responsibility of Chair of the governing body, or Chair of a governing body
committee. Some time may be during the day but much will be in the
evenings. This includes time for full governor and committee meetings, reading
and school visits.
Training and support is available and expected, particularly for new
governors, but also on an on-going basis. PaJeS runs workshops once a term and
an induction evening for new governors every year. All PaJeS workshop presentations are on our website here
. To find out about any
workshops coming up please email Caroline@pajes.thejlc.org
or have a look on this page
For more information do look at the NGA
website and the SGOSS
website. There is a Governors Handbook produced by the DfE.
Interested in becoming a school governor?
PaJes is delighted to be partnering the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN)to recruit new
governors. We have had a few enquiries recently from schools and JVN's
expertise in recruiting volunteers should be extremely helpful.
To begin the process please fill in this form and someone will be in touch with you. Alternatively, you can email Lia Bogod at JVN email@example.com
Governor recruitment run in conjunction with the Jewish Volunteering Network