As the new school year gets underway, governors will be reflecting on the achievements of the previous year and their aims for the year ahead. But deciding on specific aims can be difficult, and with many reforms to GCSEs and A levels now beginning, it can be hard to see the bigger picture. Nancy Wilkinson from Wellcome Trust’s Education and Learning team introduces a free, online resource, “Questions for Governors”, that the Trust has helped to develop.
School governors have always played a vital role in ensuring the success of schools but over the past few years there has been an increased focus and awareness of just how important they are and on the work they do. The government also recognise this: earlier this year they launched Inspiring Governors alongside industry partners, a new initiative to increase the number of employers who support their staff to volunteer as school governors. Moreover, SGOSS – Governors for Schools’ funding has been extended until at least March 2016, ensuring schools can be supported when searching for new governors.
It is vital that in order to be most effective, governing bodies need the right balance of skills to set the strategic vision for the school, hold the head teacher to account and oversee the school’s finances. And, crucially, they need the tools and support to help them do this.