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School governors

The governing body is the strategic decision-making body in each school and academy. It has a crucial role in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

Governing bodies:

  • set the school’s strategic direction
  • hold the head teacher to account for a school’s performance
  • ensure that the school’s budget is properly managed

Governing bodies meet at least once a term. Many use sub-committees to look at more detailed aspects of their work and advise them on decisions. Committees often look at issues like pupil performance, the curriculum, staffing, finance and premises.

You can find out more about volunteering as a school governor at gov.uk.

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