By Michael Creese
This e-book presents tuition governors with a blueprint for operating successfully and enthusiastically to lead to optimistic swap of their faculties, for the good thing about all these involved.
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These clerks are knowledgeable, well briefed on current issues and aware of practice in other schools. They are therefore able to ensure that the governing body keeps within legal guidelines and can also offer advice on more general educational issues when required. A school secretary who takes the minutes of governing body meetings is not usually in such a fortunate position and could also be faced with conflicting loyalties between the headteacher and the governing body. The way in which the governing body faces conflict and confronts difficult issues is an important indicator of its effectiveness.
They see many of the issues discussed in governors’ meetings as a long way from the children’ (Chair of governors). An induction programme for new governors was set up at the instigation of one of the teacher-governors. It was hoped that this ‘will not only give confidence to newly appointed governors but also lead to better retention rates and attendance at meetings’ (School governing body leaflet: An Induction for New Governors). New governors are allocated a mentor who arranges a visit to the school for newly appointed governors, ensures that they have all of the necessary information (including a list of commonly used educational acronyms) and sits beside them during the first few governors’ meetings.
Good teamwork We work closely together to secure the best that we can for the children. (Governor) Everyone gets on well and tries to work as a team—we are all pulling in the same direction. (Governor) As a governing body we all get on well together and there are excellent relationships. (Governor) Effective teams have clear, agreed and common goals—their members must all be pulling in the same direction. Common goals may not always be self-evident in the case of a governing body, with its members chosen or elected by different interest groups, and it is therefore important that the governing body as a whole does discuss its purposes, aims and objectives, and reaches agreement upon them.
Improving Schools and Governing Bodies: Making a Difference by Michael Creese