“Mommy what does a Governor do?” was the question I got asked from my six year old when I told him that I was appointed as a Governor for Loxdale in March of this year – and to be honest at the time I wasn’t entirely sure myself. I know there is a general perception of Governors meeting at school and just drinking coffee and eating biscuits – and although Mrs Scott always provides a good selection of chocolate biscuits at our meetings I can confirm that there is so much more to the role than this!
Since becoming a governor I have attended two full governing board meetings where a variety of topics are discussed including the school development plan, pupil progress, school finances and the new school build to name but a few. I also sit on the Curriculum & Standards Committee where book monitoring and discussions around a variety of curriculum based topics take place. In addition I am the link Governor for Literacy which involves meeting with the lead for literacy in school and reviewing the work that goes on in school in respect of literacy, speaking to pupils, reviewing some literacy books and referring back to the school development plan to ensure that progress is being made against the targets that have been set.
I have been in school on numerous other occasions during the past six months to watch assemblies, sports day and to attend super starters. Every time I visit I am so impressed with how polite and well behaved all of the children are. I have attended training on safer recruitment, child protection and PREVENT with more training scheduled for this academic year.
I am looking forward to conducting another link governor meeting in the coming weeks and attending the staff INSET day in November to learn more about the literacy curriculum and receive training on the tools that are used within Loxdale to help children in this area.
So to answer my son’s question; being a Governor to me means supporting the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure Loxdale is a safe, stimulating environment for all of our children, to ensure that they are receiving the best possible education available to them so that they are able to reach their full potential… and most importantly that our children are able to grow and develop skills to set them up for the next stages of their learning journey.