I would like to become a school governor. What should I do?
- If you have a child at school, you could enquire at the school about the possibility of standing for election as a parent governor.
- If you are interested in serving as governor at a particular school, but are not a parent of a child there, you could contact the school and ask about being as a community or foundation governor.
- Manchester City Council has chosen to appoint LEA governors on the basis of the contribution they can make to schools in terms of their skills and experience, irrespective of their political persuasions.
As an LEA governor the expectation of you is that you:
- are committed to Manchester children and their education;
- put the best interests of the children in your school first in making any decisions;
- have commitment to education in the widest sense, and be willing to improve your understanding of related issues through reading relevant information forwarded to you and by participating in governor training where appropriate;
- be committed to equal opportunities and inclusion;
- attend governing body meetings and be willing to play a full part in governing body activities;
- contribute to an effective governing body by being a good team member;
- attend the National training Programme for New Governors; and
- read briefings prepared by the LEA on current issues - for example attendance, child protection, inclusion - and ensure that your governing body is taking steps to address such issues.