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School governors

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies work with schools to make sure they provide the best possible education for their pupils.

What do school governors do?

The role of the governing body is a strategic one with three core functions:

  • setting strategic direction
  • creating robust accountability
  • ensuring best use of financial resources

The work of the governing body is driven by the school improvement plan. Discussions, decisions and actions for governors focus on school finance, staffing matters, use and condition of premises, pupils' wellbeing, curriculum, data and assessment, working with stakeholders, admissions and organisational changes.  

The full governing body must meet at least three times per academic year but most meet more frequently through committee meetings. There is an expectation that governors will also undertake monitoring visits into school to find out more about the school throughout the year. Governors work closely with the headteacher and make decisions collectively as a team.

Interested in becoming a school governor?

Depending on the type of school, a governing body may consist of parent, staff, co-opted, local authority, foundation governors and associate members (not governors). Find out more about the different Icon for pdf Categories of Governor (PDF, 43.9kb) .

If you are interested in becoming a school governor you can contact us for more information about current vacancies.

If you decide to become a school governor or associate member you are required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check and comply with Icon for pdf Eligibility to become a Governor/Associate Member of a School or Temporary Governor of a New School (PDF, 145.5kb) , as defined by the Department for Education (DfE). 

Training for school governors

Our  Icon for pdf Governor Training and Development Programme 2019/20 (PDF, 1.4mb)  contains details of courses for governors, specifically designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills to carry out your role.

What we can offer your school

We offer a wide range of support to governing bodies of schools and academies in County Durham and across the region.

We provide a clerking service, support and advice and a comprehensive training offer through service level agreements as outline below:

We also offer bespoke governing body monitoring, support and self review services including external reviews of governance, governing body health checks and governing body meeting observations.

Durham County Association of Governors

The Icon for pdf Durham County Association of Governors (PDF, 76.7kb) (DCAG) is an information and support network for school governors. All governors can attend their regular meetings where they can raise any matters on behalf of their schools/governing bodies.

Contact us
School and Governor Support Service
03000 265 704/705
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
0191 384 597/8
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