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What do Governors do?

Governing Bodies DO:

       Set the overall budget for the school

       Decide on the level of pay for its school’s teachers

       Decide on the number of staff 

       Help to decide the priorities for improving the school when the school improvement plan is being drawn up

       Ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all pupils

       Set targets for pupil achievement

       Publish national tests and exam results

       Compare the performance of their school to similar schools

       Receive information about the quality of teaching in the school

       Have a published strategy for dealing with parental complaints and concerns

       Ensure health and safety issues are addressed

       Set the times of school sessions

       Need to consult the head when making decisions


Governing Bodies DON’T

       Inspect the school

       After visiting the school report back on the quality of teaching

       Authorise all expenditure

       Share concerns about staff capability

       Decide on how pupils are taught different subjects

       Have the right to exclude a pupil

       Write the school’s policies on their own

       ‘Rubber stamp’ recommendations from the headteacher

       Automatically approve all apologies sent by governors

       Need to be aware of the performance objectives which have been set for individual teachers

       Write the Ofsted Action Plan on their own