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School governors

Interested in being a school governor?

If you'd like to be a parent governor:

  • contact the headteacher of your child's school
  • note - you'll also need to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check

Gov.uk has more information on roles and responsibilities and DBS checks.

For other governor positions, register your interest by with this form.

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About school governors

School governors:

  • are volunteers
  • come from all walks of life
  • don't have to be a working professionals -  just someone who wants to make a difference
  • are committed to raising education standards
  • bringing unique skills and experience to the role of school leadership
  • carry out one of the most important and satisfying jobs in education

There are different kinds of governors - you could be a:

  • co-opted governor - appointed by the Governing Body based on their skills and experience to support and advance the school
  • parent governor - elected by parents of registered pupils on the school roll
  • local authority governor - nominated by the Outside Bodies Committee and appointed by the Governing Body
  • foundation governor - appointed by the school's founding body, church, trust or other organisation named in the school's instrument of government
  • staff governor - elected by the teachers and support staff in individual schools

Governing bodies

Governing bodies have a strategic role in raising standards. They are key to the effectiveness of a school.

The Headteacher is responsible for the day to day management of the school, but the governing body has three core functions:

  • clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school, pupils and staff
  • make sure the school's finances are in order and money is well spent

Governor support

We support governors and schools with:

  • yearly training packages
  • information and advice
  • administrative support
  • recruitment support
  • a professional clerking service

Contact us

Governor Services
Telephone: (0191) 643 8716
Email: governor.services@northtyneside.gov.uk

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