Most new governors have only a little knowledge of the role and responsibilities that they are expected to undertake as a governor. In many cases the knowledge and information that they need to be effective as a governor is only obtained gradually through attendance at meetings, in discussions with other governors or through attendance at training courses.
Governing bodies can do much to rectify this situation and help new governors to familiarise themselves with their new role and welcome them to the governing body by having an effective induction programme.
What is induction?
Put simply, induction is the imparting of basic information and knowledge and in the case of governors it should be sufficient to enable them to have a basic understanding of:
- How the school functions
- The role of the governing body
- What is expected of them as a governor
- General housekeeping information such as the Register of Business Interests and dates of meetings
NYCC Governors database - data collection
As you may be aware, as a Local Authority (LA) we are required to hold a list of all governors currently supporting our North Yorkshire schools. As such, the LA has developed a Governors' database. When you volunteered as a governor you will have completed various items of paperwork/on-line forms including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application and self-declaration. All this information is held by the school for the Governing Body you serve on.
Additionally, the Clerk for your Governing Body will hold a list of all members detailing category of governor and terms of office. This information will also be available on the school website as it is a Department for Education (DfE) mandatory requirement. The Governor Support Services has asked that your Clerk also provides the LA with this information in order that we can fulfil our statutory responsibilities.
We wanted to make you aware that these details will be held by the LA on a Governors' Module database. This information will only be routinely accessed by LA employees e.g. Clerk, Governor Support Services.
Additionally, if the LA undergoes an inspection from an external agency e.g. Ofsted we will also be required to make the data available to them.
Importantly, this data will not be shared with organisations outside the LA (other than in the situation outlined above) and it will not be used to generate any communications.
A Guide to School Governance - April 2015 - information is provided for all school governors by the Department for Education
The Education and Skills Induction and Development Framework - For school governors and clerks to governing bodies in North Yorkshire - updated July 2015
School governor business support team
Tel: 01609 532936