By Michael Creese
This booklet offers institution governors with a blueprint for operating successfully and enthusiastically to result in confident swap of their faculties, for the good thing about all these involved.
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A new system was adopted in order to reduce friction while at the same time still allowing the governors to have a meaningful input. The process now starts with a presentation on the subject by the subject coordinator to the full governing body at one of their termly ‘special focus’ meetings. The aim of the presentation is to make the governors aware of the general background before the policy is drafted or revised. Usually a governor is linked to the subject area under discussion and he or she will be involved in the detailed drafting and consultation with other members of staff that then follows.
E. cost/time needed/ complexity on a scale of one to five. Scoring in this way gave greater weight to importance and urgency than to do-ability; the maximum possible score would be fifteen for an aim that was seen as extremely important and urgent, and yet easy to accomplish. In prioritising their aims the governors recognised that it might not always be necessary to attend to an aim as a matter of urgency but that it might be important to begin to assemble some data on the present situation with regard to that point: ‘Until we’ve measured, we don’t know if we’ve got a problem’ (Governor).
In some schools, particularly primary schools, governors may be linked to particular classes or alternatively, especially in secondary schools, they may be linked to a particular subject or curriculum area. This provides an opportunity for governors to pursue their own interests and to get to know at least some of the teachers better and to establish a good working relationship with them. Governors may find it useful to follow one particular pupil, for all or part of a day, in order to obtain a ‘pupil’s eye’ view of the school.
Improving Schools and Governing Bodies: Making a Difference by Michael Creese