Be a School Governor

WANT TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL?

COULD YOU BE A PARENT GOVERNOR?

 

Parent governors play a vital role on governing bodies, holding the unique position of having a parental viewpoint of the school.  Through the children, they have a first-hand experience of the delivery of the curriculum, and how the school is perceived from the ‘consumers’ point of view.  This enables parent governors to bring a different perspective to the strategic management of the school.

 

It is important for parent governors to establish a rapport with the parental body which elected him/her, whilst continuing to maintain a strategic approach to school governance.  Although being available to advise parents on appropriate routes of action is a very important aspect of the role, it is vital that parent governors do not personally become involved in individual concerns.  Apart from the possibility of this jeopardising appropriate complaints and appeals procedures, no governor has the authority to act individually on behalf of the school.

 

Parent governors are representative parents rather than representatives of parents.  To effectively fulfil the role, parent governors should:

  • make themselves known to the parent body
  • attend in-service training sessions to ensure they have the correct skills and knowledge to fulfil their role effectively
  • listen impartially to concerns raised by parents
  • guide parents regarding appropriate lines of action and procedures
  • present a balanced view of issues, representing different sections of the community
  • attend Full Governing Body meetings (at least three per year/one per term)
  • be a part of a specific governing committee and attend committee meetings (at least three per year/one per term)

 

Achieving a balance between being the impartial representative parent and the often emotional issues relating to individual children’s education, can sometimes be very difficult. Some practical ways to achieve this balance include:

  • make yourself available to parents
  • never press your own child’s case at the expense of others
  • never promise to ‘solve a problem’ on your own
  • be wary of bringing an individual’s issue to meetings without following the agreed procedures
  • abide by the agreed protocol regarding agenda items and Any Other Business
  • keep yourself aware of parental views and concerns
  • play an active part in governor meetings
  • help to prepare the annual report for parents

 

Although this is a very delicate role, there is ample support and training available.  Effective parent governors will find working alongside the other members of the governing body both interesting and rewarding in that their efforts will ensure that the work of the governing body fulfils its duties to all children.

 

In particular, we require expertise in one or more of the following to add to our governing body’s skills: HR and Personnel, Health & Safety, Strategic School Leadership.

PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTIONS

IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE RIGHT FOR THE ROLE AND HAVE THE SKILLS WE NEED, THEN PLEASE READ ON!

 

PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTIONS:  We currently have a Parent Governor vacancy. As such we are inviting nominations from parents/carers who feel they may have the skills and/or experience that could benefit our school.  We have attached a form for this purpose.  The term of office is 4 years commencing from the date of appointment.  Please see the table below to show the dates for nomination and voting.  Each nomination will require a proposer and the signature of the nominee to indicate that he/she accepts nomination.  If the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies, a secret ballot shall be conducted.  Otherwise, nominees shall be deemed to be elected unopposed.  Each parent of a registered pupil/pupils at the school is entitled to one vote, however many children he/she may have at the school.  If you would like to discuss the role, please contact the School Office to arrange an appointment with our Chair of Governors, Mr M Parsons.

 

Timetable of events:

Friday 24 May

Nomination forms issued (see attached)

Monday 10 June

Deadline for nominations

Monday 10 June

Nominations counted and personal statements publicised to parents

Friday 14 June

Deadline for votes

 

Successful Governor notified

Friday 14 June

Name of new Parent Governor announced

 

Who can participate in Parent Governor elections?

 

Anyone who is the natural parent, step parent, foster parent or guardian of a registered pupil at the school at the time of the election may participate as candidate, voter or both.  In order to be eligible to be a ‘parent governor’ under the Constitution Regulations (SI 2003/348), a person must be a parent at the time when he/she is elected.  ‘Parent’ is defined for the purposes of the Constitution Regulations in regulation 3 as including ‘any individual who has or has had parental responsibility for, or cares or has cared for a child or young person under the age of 18.’  There is no statutory definition of the expression /cares’ or ‘care of’.  DCSF guidance from June 2000 suggests that a person with ‘care of a child or young person for the purposes of the definition of ‘parent’ means a person who the child lives with and who looks after the child, irrespective of what their relationship is with the child.  The reference in the definition must be to someone involved in the full-time care of the child on a settled basis.  If, however, insufficient candidates are nominated to fill vacancies and the Governing Body exercises its right and duty to co-opt other parents to these vacancies, it is not allowed to co-opt elected members of the Council, co-opted members of the Community Education Scrutiny Committee, school employees, employees of the Authority or of the Governors of Aided Schools.