2. Do you have the skills to join a team of school leaders?

Governing bodies across Oldham are made up of a broad range of people including parents, school staff, members of the community, people nominated by the Local Authority and sometimes the church. They have a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, they are all committed volunteers who work together for the benefit of the School and are the link between the school and the community it serves. The most important thing is that governors have skill to contribute and the willingness to learn and develop their abilities as a governor.

The governing body works as a team with the Headteacher and other staff, effective governors do not need to be experts in education but they do need to be committed to their school or college.

A key role of governors is holding the management team to account robustly and effectively.  For this, it is important that governors have a questioning mind and are diplomatic. They also need to be enthusiastic and a good team player. To contribute effectively, all governors need to be literate and numerate.