A school's governing body is a corporate body. This means it has a legal existence separate from that of its individual members.
The governing body act on behalf of the Academy Trust and the key responsibilities are to;
The Department for Education (DfE) sets out information on the role of governing bodies in the Governors' Handbook. It says:
In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on the core strategic functions:
In other guidance the DfE explains that the purpose of having a governing body is to:
Governance is strategic and management is operational. This distinction between governance and management needs to be clearly understood by all, so that governors are not asked to, and do not try to, involve themselves in day to day management.
Governors are there to govern, not to carry out other work on a pro-bono basis. School leaders must not be micro-managed. The governing body should concentrate on matters related to strategy and school improvement, delegating to school leaders those tasks which are operational (for example, drafting policies, making judgements about teaching quality, and recruiting and deploying staff below senior leadership level). The agenda of governing bodies should be driven by the strategic planning cycle.
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