In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, every state school has a governing board, consisting of various types of governors, depending on the type and size of school.
School governors are unpaid volunteers who ensure that schools are meeting their strategic objectives. Governors do not manage the operational day-to-day functions of a school, but oversee its long-term development. This involves:
- Working with other board members to plan the school’s strategic direction.
- Overseeing the school’s financial performance, ensuring money is well-spent.
- Holding the headteacher or school leadership to account.
Over a quarter of a million volunteers are governing state schools in England, they are the largest volunteer force in the country.