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Getting active as a Teacher Governor

Schools are an important community resource and Governing Bodies were set up to allow the interests of different groups in the community to be given expression. Teachers, parents and where appropriate, the local authority, the Church, local business and others can play a part in the good governance of schools.

Governing bodies have significant power to affect the working lives of teachers therefore the NASUWT believes that the role of the Teacher Governor is vitally important. The Teacher Governor can influence issues which have on impact on teachers working lives. Teacher Governors are debarred from involvement in some aspects of governing body work relating to pay and appraisal.

As a Teacher Governor, you’ll also be part of the NASUWT ‘cell’ within the school and part of the team representing NASUWT members. Members who are Teacher Governors are able to access NASUWT training to learn how the law applies to the composition and operation of school governing bodies in England and Wales and how to operate effectively within a governing body.

The work of Governing Bodies is based on partnership which is central to good school governance. Partnership depends upon mutual trust and respect and on equality of treatment.

The governing body of a school is responsible for:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher

The governing body is made up of:

  • parent governors (elected by parents)
  • staff representatives (elected by school staff)
  • local authority governors (appointed by the local authority)
  • community governors (members of the local community appointed by the governing body)
  • for some schools, people appointed by the relevant religious body or foundation
  • up to two sponsor governors, or four if the school is a secondary school (appointed by the governing body)

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