The roles and responsibilities of school governors have increased and developed in recent times as new legislation has been introduced. The emphasis of the legislation and statutory guidance has been to move from the concept of governors as representatives of particular groups within the school community to all governors acting in the best interest of all children in the school. Governors are now appointed for their skills and expertise and we would expect all governing boards to refer to their skills audit before appointing any new governors.
Statutory guidance has been issued by the Department for Education (DFE) under the following statutes:
- The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012
- The School Governance (Federations) (Constitutions) (England) 2012
- The Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools September 2016
The constitution for the governing board of a maintained school allows for one governor to be nominated by the local authority. The local authority can nominate any eligible person to the governing board and the governing board decides whether the nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance of the school. The appointment of the LA governor is therefore the responsibility of the governing board.
If you are interested in becoming a local authority governor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
It is best practice to limit the number of terms of office an individual serves at the same school to no more than 8 or 9 years. With this in mind, the local authority will now be limiting the number of terms of office a local authority governor will be nominated to the same school. We appreciate the experience governors have has they approach the end of their second term of office and where governors are keen to continue we would be pleased to a nomination to an alternative school.