The role of the Chair of Governors, leading the governing body, is pivotal to the leadership of the school or setting. The chair works in partnership with the headteacher or leader while holding him/her to account.
Governing Boards are required to elect a chair, this election is held at the first meeting of the governing board each academic year.
The Governing Board can elect a chair for more than a single academic year, however it is advisable that the board considers a succession plan in that the 'chair' should be in post for no longer than 6 consecutive years.
Being a chair of governors is a key role in the leadership and management of schools. To be effective, you need a good understanding of the role and its responsibilities so that your school gains maximum benefit from the work that you do.
An effective chair of governors:
As a chair, you also need to ensure that all governors understand the role and responsibilities of the governing body, which can vary slightly depending on the type of school such as voluntary aided, foundation, academy, multi-academy or federation.
Further information can be found on gov.uk
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