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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

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).

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 and Barring Service (DBS) check and comply with the eligibility criteria, as defined by the Department for Education (DfE). 


We offer a wide range of training courses for school governors:

What we can offer schools

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

Durham County Association of Governors (DCAG)

The Icon for pdf Durham County Association of Governors (DCAG) (PDF, 76.7kb)  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 265 866
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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