What is a governor?

A governor is first and foremost a volunteer. Governors have to be able and willing to devote their time, skills and experience to making sure the school provides an effective, challenging and safe learning environment, high quality teaching and safe school buildings for all our children. This involves ensuring that the school makes effective use of the resources provided by government.

Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school but have a strategic role in setting the direction, monitoring the progress and use of resources and analysing data and outcomes.

Training is available to help governors to understand their role and the national legal, social and educational frameworks within which a school operates.


There is much information provided on the Internet by both the council and the government about the role of governors.

South Tyneside Council provides the following:

Governor Expectations

Governors are responsible for making sure the school provides a high standard of educational achievement.

They act in a strategic manner to help direct the development of the school through the effective management of its resources.

Roles and actions

The governing body is likely to:

  • Develop and review a range of written policies and procedures
  • Set the staffing structure and make decisions on staffing issues
  • Set the school’s budget and monitor expenditure
  • Make sure the national curriculum is implemented
  • Maintain and improve school buildings
  • Contribute to and review the school development (improvement) plan
  • Use a combination of reports, visits, results and other activities and information in monitoring the progress of the school
  • Delegate responsibilities to committees and/or individual governors

Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school’s aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.


Being a governor is a very rewarding voluntary activity. It can be time consuming and in order to be an effective governor it requires objectivity and an open mind to personal learning in order to keep up to date with activities in school and the national agenda.

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