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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 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.

Types of governors

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).

What to do if you are interested in becoming a school governor

You can express an interest to be a school governor 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 - Commercial Services: Schools and Education

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