Monday, 16 March 2009

I started the day early at Ralph Thoresby High School...

Billy Flynn, Chair of Governors, had asked to see me to talk about the various roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of governing bodies, headteachers and the local authority. I met Billy with Stuart Hemingway, headteacher, at Ralph Thoresby to discuss these issues. I searched the DCSF website for guidance:

"Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important they get things right. How they do their jobaffects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community. Governing bodies are responsible to parents, carers and the community. The governing body's main role is to help raise standards of achievement. It:
  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school's future direction
  • selects the head teacher
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs"

    "The head teacher provides vision, leadership and direction for the school and ensures that it is managed and organised to meet its aims and targets, which are established by the Governing Body. The head teacher:

    • is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school

    • advises on, and implements the governing bodies strategic framework

    • formulates aims and objectives, policies and targets for the Governing Body to consider adopting

    • reports on progress to the Governing Body at least once a year

    • formulates and implements the policies for leading the school towards the set targets

    • gives the Governing Body enough information to ensure that the governors are confident that delegated responsibilities and the head teacher’s responsibilities have been met

    • is along with the other professional staff accountable to the Governing Body for the school’s performance

    • draws up and submits to the Governing Body an annual budget plan for the school’s voluntary fund, and any proposals for revisions to the budget plan as required by the LA scheme."

    I couldn't get the role of the authority on the page!


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