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Every Board of Governors has a statutory responsibility to establish and monitor school policies and evaluate the effectiveness of the school and its curriculum. Governors are also held to account for the school’s performance. The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) assumes that Governors know the strengths and weaknesses of the school and will test this assumption during a school inspection.

 

The role of the Link Governor is to provide a link between the Governing Board and the school. When Link Governors visit the school and report back to the Governing Board they help to deepen all governors’ understanding of how the school operates, how the strategic objectives are being pursued, how financial resources are being used and what extra support the school may need to meet its objectives. Without Link Governors, the Governing Board is totally reliant on the Headteacher, or other staff governors, for their understanding of the school. The presence of Link Governors provides an additional source of evidence upon which governing decisions can be made. This additional evidence should enable the Governing Body to better challenge information presented by the school and also better support the school to meet its strategic objectives.

 

At Springfield Primary, we ask our Link Governors to:

  • Gain insight into the life of the school
  • Create and develop relationships with staff, children and where appropriate parents
  • Better understand the Governors roles in raising standards
  • Enable a deeper understanding of the school’s current performance, practice, strengths and areas for further development.
  • Observe policies and plans being implemented on a day-to-day basis

 

What is the purpose of Link Governor Visits?

  • To increase the governing board’s first-hand knowledge about the school and its daily operation; thus helping to inform ongoing and future strategic decision making
  • Monitor how the school is managing areas for further development
  • Demonstrate to staff that the Governing Board takes its responsibilities very seriously
  • See in context the monitoring systems employed by the school
  • They provide OFSTED with concrete evidence about the involvement of the governors in the school

 

 

Structure for Link Governor Roles 2021/22

 

For the year 2021/22 we have aligned our Link Governor Roles with the aims of our School Development Plan so that governors can oversee their fulfillment. We have also introduced a Link Governor Role for KS1 and 2 so that a governor can follow a cohort of pupils through the Key Stage and get a real understanding of how the curriculum develops and shapes our pupils. Our Link Governors report their findings to the Board and also share their experiences with parents through out Monthly Mention. 

 

Role

Named Governor

Frequency of Visits to School

Linked Staff Member

Meetings Planned for Autumn Term

Safeguarding

Mike Freeman

One per term (3)

Mrs Chard

20 September 2021

Reception-Year 2 Cohort

Marzita Abdul-Rahman

2 per academic year

 

Mrs Hughes

16 November 2021
KS2 CohortClara Cheung2 per academic yearMrs Hamlett2 December 2021

SEN & Pupil Premium

Alex Flowers

2 per academic year

Mrs Garbett &

Mrs Ham

TBC

Mental Health & Wellbeing inc. Sports Premium

Lesley Dowdall

2 per academic year

Mrs Chard &

Mrs Garbett

29 November 2021

Health & Safety

Jenny Sykes

2 per academic year 

Mrs Chard & Mr Derbyshire

19 November 2021

Recovery Curriculum

Clare Bruce

2 per academic year

Mrs Chard & Mrs Platt

 

4 November 2021
ScienceGareth Holly2 per academic yearMrs SloneckiFebruary 2022
SustainabilityTony Martin2 per academic yearSustainability Committee28 February 2022

 

     

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