What is School Governance all about?
The governing board exists to make sure that the school runs effectively. It is a strategic role and the governing board performance manages the headteacher, who runs the school on a day-to-day basis.
The core functions of the governing board are:
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
- Hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent;
In practice, this means the board oversees strategy and holds the school and its leaders accountable through a governance routine, without getting involved in day to day matters.
How do you become a governor?
- Anyone can become a school governor if you are over 18.
- At Lickey End there are 5 types of governor – parent governor, co-opted governor, local authority governor, associate governor and staff governor.
- Parent governor vacancies are advertised through the school and may be elected if there is more than one candidate.
- Governing bodies can stipulate the skills sets they are seeking when advertising for new governors.
- Governors normally serve a term of 4 years after which time they can be re-elected or co-opted again.
Our Governing Board
We aim to support the shared school vision by;
- Encouraging a warm and welcoming environment that enables parents to engage and take an active part in their child’s learning;
- Being actively and positively involved in school life, working in partnership to provide the best possible outcomes for each child and a provision to be proud of;
- Monitoring with rigour school practice and data, working collaboratively with leadership in identifying and seizing opportunities to learn and improve; and
- Developing purposeful community links with local schools, businesses, charities and other groups.
What are governors working on at the moment?
Our priorities for the 2021/2021 academic year are;
- Attainment and progress improvements for all pupils, in all groups, through consistently good teaching & learning, led by improved pupil insights;
- Cultural shifts are apparent, with higher expectations in learning behaviours and greater pride in work evident;
- Continuing development of a broad, coherent & sequenced curriculum; In tandem, develop COVID resilience & recovery for pastoral & learning needs;
- Take greater advantage of leadership talent, distributing effort, building skills & confidence in delivery of a robust regimen for improvement; and
- Accelerate transformational income generation, leading to an improved financial position, better matching resources with priorities, plans & our ambition.
Who are our Governors?
How do our governors fulfil their role?
The Governing Board and individual governors undertake a series of activities, examples include;Strategic Governance Meetings
Monitoring governor effectiveness through action planning and review.Resources Meetings
Budget planning and expenditure, premises planning and reports.Monitoring Meetings
Monitoring and evaluating standards and pupil progress.School Improvement Meetings
Monitoring outcomes, as well as management and leadership. Evaluating head teacher reports and governor visit reports.School Visits
These take place every half term and have a specific focus related to the current school development plan. They provide an opportunity for individual governors to speak to the children and staff, spend time in the classrooms and look at the work in children’s books where appropriate. The governor then writes a report that is presented at the next Governors meeting.Training
All governors are required to keep up to date in relation to carrying out their role effectively, and with new initiatives, guidance and legislation. They attend relevant courses and meetings when and where appropriate.
Our meeting schedule and attendance register is available in the documents section below. In future we will publish the most relevant information in this section, in summary format.