Chair and vice chair

Chair of Governors

Role:
To lead the governing body and to ensure that it meets all its statutory responsibilities. The chair delegates roles and ensures other governors are fully involved. Ensuring the governing body work as a team and all governors contribute towards corporate decisions..

Responsibilities:
  • To make sure that the governing body's affairs are conducted in accordance with the law.
  • To report any urgent action taken on behalf of the governing body, making sure it is fully explained and supported . *
  • To help the governing body work as a team - by recognising and using people's strengths, delegating effectively and clarifying objectives.
  • To work with the Head - be available to the Head, make time to listen to concerns and give constructive advice, talk through disagreements before governing body meetings, work together on effective school policies.
  • To carry out any duties delegated by the governing body, be seen in school regularly, attend school functions or make sure another governor represents them, work with the LA, be accessible to other governors, staff and parents, meet governors from other schools.
  • To use time effectively, their own and other people's - plan the year's cycle of meetings and a timetable for action and reports - plan for effective meetings.
  • To make it clear that all governors must accept collective responsibility for decisions taken at governors' meetings.
  • To establish and foster an effective relationship with the head teacher and senior leaders based on trust and mutual respect for each other’s roles
  • To ensure that the governing body acts as a sounding board to the head teacher and provides strategic direction.
  • To ensure that meetings are run effectively - making sure that they start and finish on time, that agenda items are properly introduced, that people are encouraged to contribute and that decisions are taken when necessary and minuted.
  • Construct and agree the agenda for meetings, together with the clerk, taking account of the recommendations of the head teacher and requests from other governors, and keep good order in meetings.
  • Ensure governors’ participation during and between meetings.
  • Ensure all decisions are understood and that necessary action is taken.
  • Ensure governors receive all relevant information and materials.
  • To check that decisions taken by the governing body are enacted.
  • To ensure that governors know and follow the rules and codes of conduct ensuring democracy.
  • To listen and be a critical friend to the head teacher.
  • To report decisions of the governing body to parents, staff and others regularly.
  • To co-ordinate the governing body role in OFSTED Inspections and Local Authority reviews.
  • To monitor the work of the governing body.
Vice Chair of Governors

Role:
To work closely with the chair of governors. Supporting the chair in ensuring other governors are fully involved and the governing body work as a team and all governors contribute towards corporate decisions. 

Responsibilities:
  • To liaise on a regular basis with the chair and head teacher to ensure the vice chair is fully informed. 
  • To take on responsibilities delegated to them by the chair. 
  • To deputise for the chair in their absence including to report any urgent action taken on behalf of the governing body, making sure it is fully explained and supported . * 
  • To establish and foster an effective relationship with the head teacher based on trust and mutual respect for each other’s roles. 
  • To be seen in school regularly, attend school functions or make sure another governor represents them, work with the Local Authority, be accessible to other governors, staff and parents and meet governors from other schools. 
  • To support and challenge the chair as a critical friend. 

*Chairs (and Vice Chairs in the Chair's absence) have no special power to take decisions on behalf of governors unless there has been a resolution of the whole governing body to delegate a specific authority.  However, they do have the power to take action if the matter is urgent and if it concerns one of the functions that can be delegated. The Education (School Government)(England) Regulations 1999 Regulation 43 defines 'urgent' as a case where delay would be seriously harmful to the school, or to any pupil or member of staff, and it would not be reasonably practicable to hold a governors' meeting to resolve the issue.  Any urgent action the Chair or Vice Chair takes on behalf of the governing body should be reported at the next meeting.