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:
"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!