LA Governor

  • Employer: Knowsley Council
  • Salary: £0 - £9,999
  • Location: External
  • Contract: Casual
  • Working Pattern: Term Time
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Closing Date: 31/10/2024 at 23:55
  • Reference: External

Knowsley Council believes every child should have the best start in life, be able to attend a good school in Knowsley, with good teachers, aim high and achieve their potential. School governors make a valuable contribution to the success of our schools and we recognise and appreciate the time, energy and commitment that our governors make.

Being a school governor is very rewarding. It’s a great way to contribute to your local community and make a difference and improve the life chances of all Knowsley children and ensure they have the very best educational opportunities.

We have high ambitions for our children and young people.  As a local authority governor, we expect you to share this ambition and appreciate that ensuring children achieve their potential is at the heart of your strategic role.

Governing boards are an integral part of school leadership. We recognise that governors’ responsibilities are wide ranging and to this end we are committed to supporting you with the training, guidance and support you need in order to develop your skills and expertise and make a real and lasting impact on school improvement.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools including the appointment of the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. No one governor can act on their own without the proper authority from the full governing board. Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, it has three core responsibilities:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

In order to achieve these responsibilities, the Governing Board works with the school on planning and developing polices and keeping the school under review. Its powers and responsibilities must be exercised in partnership with the Headteacher and staff.

Effective governance is based on six key features:

  1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
  2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
  3. People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
  4. Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  5. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
  6. Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

Local authority governors work as part of the governing board team to promote high standards of educational achievement for all children and young people.

How to apply

If you would be interested in pursuing an application to become a Local Authority school governor please contact louise.noon@knowsley.gov.uk or call on 07385420450.