Information for new governors

I’ve always been interested in education and wanted to volunteer as a governor. I didn’t realise when I first started how interesting and rewarding the work can be. I would love to encourage more people to get involved; as a Governor you can really make a tangible difference, and it’s lovely to see how your work can directly benefit the pupilsJulie Barton, Governor, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Welcome to school governance!

We aim to ensure that governors are given the necessary information and support to fulfil their role effectively and with confidence. This leads to more effective governance and retention of governors. It is important that all new governors receive a comprehensive induction package covering a broad range of topics. As a new governor, from September 2013, you will have to attend mandatory induction training provided by your Local Authority / Regional Consortia. The induction training will look at the following four key areas:

  • The different and complementary roles of governors;
  • Key roles and responsibilities of governors;
  • How to be an effective governor;
  • Where to access further support and training.

You may also be offered the opportunity to meet with the chair of governors and the headteacher prior to attending your first meeting. It is also good practice for new governors to receive an “induction pack” from the school, which may include the following:

  • Dates of future meetings of the governing body;
  • List of governing body members and responsibilities i.e. committee members, link governors etc;
  • Details of how to contact the school;
  • Details of the governing body committees and their terms of reference;
  • Copies of the minutes of the last two full governing body meetings;
  • Governor visits to school policy;
  • Copy of the latest budget report;
  • Latest headteacher report to the governing body;
  • School Prospectus;
  • List of staff members and their responsibilities;
  • Latest Annual Report to Parents;
  • Latest Inspection Report and Action Plan;
  • School Development / Improvement Plan;
  • School Self-Evaluation Report;
  • Current school holiday schedule / calendar of events.

There are other helpful documents that will help you in your role as governor, such as:

If you have any queries, please contact your Local Governor Support Officer or the Governors Wales helpline on 0845 60 20 100 (all calls charged at local rate). The helpline is available from 9.00am – 8.00pm. Further information on the helpline service is available on here

Published: 17/02/2016