I’ve been given the opportunity to become a school governor. Volunteering via SGOSS is a slightly odd, relentlessly upbeat process where it’s unclear who is really adopting who. Have I just taken a largish infants school on the edge of a big North London housing estate under my wing (unlikely), or have they agreed to mentor a slightly hapless wonk for a few hours each term in addition to their many pastoral duties in my community (more probable)?
Asides having only escaped the school system a few years ago myself, and being the daughter of two teachers, I’ve no real map to follow. I thought I should ask you all for some advice for when I go and visit the school. What should I be asking? What does the perfect governor look like? What are governing bodies’ most frequent mistakes and how do they need to adapt to a changing education system?