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Getting it Right as a Parent Governor (Governors)

Event/course Code EDU 18/576
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction Currently, school governing boards are required to have elected parent governors. Effective governing boards have a significant impact on school improvement and all board members, including parent governors, need a sound understanding of their role and responsibilities.

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.

Schools must make every reasonable effort to fill parent governor vacancies through elections. Consequently, it means that this role is a significant and important addition to a board, and a role that can be both rewarding and challenging for those that are appointed.

Please note: This course is fully funded for any schools that subscribe to premium SPARK package or stand-alone governor support.
Event Content This course will provide parent governors the opportunity to consider their role and its responsibilities. We know that being a parent governor is both challenging and rewarding, the course will enable parent governors to share and discuss their concerns and agree ways in which they might deal with some of the issues they may face. It will also be a valuable opportunity to meet and network with parent governors from other schools and exchange experiences.

The session will consist of a presentation on the role of a parent governor and a number of activities that provide participants with opportunities to discuss and then reflect on some of the challenges they may face and some of the worries that they have about undertaking their role successfully.

The course will cover:
• The relationship with parents and how to support and report back
• The relationship with staff and the head teacher
• How to deal with sensitive issues
• Conflicts of interest; confidentiality; and the difficult subject of perceived 'no go' areas including 'are there any areas that are off limits for parent governors?’

This course will help governors to separate their role as a parent and as a parent governor.

This session is ideal for any new parent governors or experienced governors who would like to refresh their knowledge. It will not explore the role of the Governing Board in depth therefore it is advised that all parent governors attend the ‘Getting to Grips with Governance’ course before booking to attend this session.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the session parent governors will have:

• Explored and will be able to explain the role of a school governing board and the role of individual governors, including parent governors.
• Secured an appreciation of the difference between school governance and school management and be able to describe these differences.
• Identified some effective approaches that could be applied to some circumstances and potential challenges faced by parent governors.
Trainers Lyn Barnes / Angela Langford
Course categories Governor Support
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
Event/course administrator Penny Heighes (
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Thursday 9 May 201919:00 - 20:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL