Information for Parents/Carers
29 November 2019 (by headmarton)
The role of a parent governor at school
Many thanks for your interest in the role of Parent Governor at school. I have been asked to provide some information if you are keen to become a Parent Governor.
The role and responsibilities of parent governors are no different from those of other governors
Parent governors are not delegates and do not speak 'on behalf' of the parent body, but bring a parental perspective to the issues discussed
The main difference is that parents are elected to the board, not appointed (unless there are fewer candidates than vacancies)
Communicate the parents' viewpoint:
Although you're not there to speak on behalf of parents, you can use your status as a parent to help the board understand parents' views and remind everyone to factor the parent community into discussions.
Understanding parents' opinion helps the board to make good decisions and helps guarantee that there is a link between governance and the parent community.
Bring your valuable knowledge and perspective to discussions.
Set expectations with other parents:
You need to help other parents understand that you're not there to speak on their behalf, bring up their individual issues in meetings or solve problems for them.
Separate your role as a governor from your role as a parent
Think about all pupils, not just your child
As a governor, you're responsible for the progress and wellbeing of all of the pupils at the school, so keep this at the forefront of your mind in meetings.
With best wishes