Children, Families & Learning Cabinet Member – Minutes – 8 December 2017

57 (57) APPOINTMENT/RE-APPOINTMENT OF LOCAL AUTHORITY SCHOOL GOVERNORS – The Director: Learning, Skills and Culture submitted a report considering the appointment and re-appointment of suitable candidates to serve as local authority governors.

Governing bodies were the key strategic decision-making body for schools.  It was the governing body’s role to set a school’s strategic framework and to ensure that all statutory duties were met.  The Department for Education identified three main duties, which were:

• ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
• holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff
• overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money was well spent

When a Local Authority vacancy occurred, the relevant board identified the necessary skills, knowledge and experience that would be required of the successful candidates.  All potential candidates (including re-appointments) were required to complete and application form identifying their skills, knowledge and experience.

Resolved – (a) That the applicants as listed at Appendix 1, Table 2 to the report be re-appointed as Local Authority Governors on the schools listed, subject to the relevant DBS checks, and (b) that the applicant as listed at Appendix 1, Table 3 to the report be appointed as a Local Authority Governor on the school listed, subject to the relevant DBS checks.

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