The Role and Responsibilities of the Governing Body
Governing bodies are the key strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school. They are also a key part of the overall system for school accountability. Governing bodies have a vital role to play in driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education.
In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
· Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
· Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools that came into force in September 2013 and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of governance in both maintained schools and academies.