At a well attended meeting at Birmingham Council House, Steve Edmonds the Governor Services Manager, alongside Councillor Brigid Jones Cabinet Member who's portfolio includes Education, outlined the duties of a School Governor and a the anticipated monthly input of time. They also outlined the training and support network available to assist individuals to develop their effectiveness within the role.
They outlined the importance of being a Governor, in terms of:
1. Playing a role in the overall Governance of the School.
2. Monitoring Staff Performance.
3. Monitoring Discipline
4. Monitoring Pupil Performamce
5. Monitoring and scrutinising finances.
6. Ensuring the building is maintained
7. Working with the Head Teacher, whilst also holding them to account.
The list went on, but, these are a few examples of where you can make a difference.
I am pleased to say on the night some people actually completed their form on the spot and other have indicated that they will be applying.
You can also apply if you and make a difference.
Currently Birmingham has 850 vacancies for School Governors at a variety of schools including, faith schools, special schools, primary & secondary schools.
For further information and to apply to become a School Governor visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/school-governors
If you live outside of Birmingham , contact your local education authority.