School governors

Use this guide to learn more about what a school governor’s role is, and apply to become a school governor.

School visits

Governors need to know their school if accountability is going to be robust, and their vision for the school is to be achieved. Many governors find that visiting, particularly during the day, is a helpful way to find out more about the school. Through pre-arranged visits that have a clear focus, governors can see for themselves whether the school is implementing their policies and improvement plans and how they are working in practice. Visits also provide an opportunity to talk with pupils, staff and parents to gather their views, though are unlikely to be sufficient for these purposes.

Governors are not inspectors and it is not their role to assess the quality or method of teaching or extent of learning. They are also not school managers and should make sure they do not interfere in the day-to-day running of the school. Both are the roles of the headteacher. If governors wish to spend time within a classroom, they need to be very clear why they are doing so.