There are different types of Governors/people who attend the governing body meetings. They have different voting rights. These are explained below, with the definitions, if marked by “ ”, taken directly from ‘The Governance Handbook’ October 2020, available.
“The Constitution Regulations 2012 provide that the total membership of the board must be no fewer than seven governors and the board must include:
- at least two Parent Governors – elected where possible, otherwise appointed
- the headteacher, unless they resign the office of governor
- only one elected Staff Governor
- only one LA Governor; nominated by the LA, appointed by the board
- where appropriate, Foundation Governors or Partnership Governors “(not applicable to Copnor Primary School)
The chair, with support from the vice chair and the clerk/governance professional, is responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the board and has a vital role in setting the highest of expectations for professional standards of governance. It is the chair’s role to give the board clear leadership and direction, keeping it focused on its core strategic functions. A chair should encourage the board to work together as an effective team, building their skills, knowledge and experience. They need to ensure that everyone is actively contributing relevant skills and experience, participating constructively in meetings, and actively involved in the work of any committees. It is their role to make sure everyone understands what is expected of them and receives appropriate induction, training and development. It is for the chair to have honest conversations, as necessary, if anyone appears not to be committed or is ineffective in their role.“