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The Charter Schools Educational Trust

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Local Governor vacancies

We currently have the following Local Governor Vacancies within the Trust:

Appointed Local Governor (three vacancies)  -     Charles Dickens Primary School

Please find more information about the role of a local governor below. 

 

 

The Trust is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages people from all backgrounds, including those currently under-represented in school governing bodies, to consider applying.

Further information

If you would like to know more about our governor vacancies please contact the Head of Trust Governance, Shalene Varcoe at svarcoe@tcset.org.uk 

To apply please download and complete the application form below and return it to: 

Shalene Varcoe - Head of Trust Governance

The Charter Schools Educational Trust, Red Post Hill, London, SE24 9JH

or via email to svarcoe@tcset.org.uk 

 

AN OVERVIEW OF LOCAL GOVERNANCE WITHIN THE TRUST

Each school within the Trust has a local governing body (‘LGB’) composed of a group of volunteers drawn from the wider community. These volunteers bring a range of skills, expertise, and professional experience to support the school’s senior leadership team at a strategic level. Our Local Governors provide essential links between the school, parents/carers, the local community, business, and the Trust board, which is ultimately responsible to the Department of Education for the performance of all its schools.

The individual LGB and the school have full, delegated responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day leadership and management of the school, which is informed by the Trust scheme of delegation 

How do Local Governing Bodies work?

Local Governing Bodies are essential a committee of the main Trust Board and have functions and responsibilities delegated as directed by the Trust scheme of delegation. They work together to provide independent strategic oversight of the management and operation of a school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards in line with the overall strategic direction of the Trust. A school’s governing body does not run the school on a day-to-day basis; this is the job of the Headteacher and other senior staff.

Local Governors responsibilities are to:

  • Develop the school’s vision and strategy  and agree annual key priorities
  • Set a culture of high educational standards, which promotes staff and pupil wellbeing  
  • Ensure the school follows the National Curriculum, and that all pupils, including those with special educational needs (SEND), can access the curriculum  
  • Monitor provision for pupils with SEND  
  • Monitor provision for Safeguarding at the school 
  • Monitor the school’s educational performance, using a range of data sources  
  • Ensure stakeholders (parents, pupils, staff, the local community) are informed and consulted as appropriate  
  • Monitor the school’s financial performance   
  • Approve and review school level policies, and hold staff to account for their implementation  
  • Ensure the school is compliant with legal requirements, including that all statutory school level policies and documents are in place  
  • Monitor and evaluate the school’s staffing structure  
  • Monitor health and safety in the school  
  • Work in co-operation with the Trust Board, having regard to any guidance it issues and in particular to the Scheme of Delegation (SoD)

Local Governors are appointed by the Trust Board except for parent governors, who are elected by parents and carers, and staff governors, who are elected by all school staff.

What does this look like in practice?

Local Governing Body meetings - Full LGB meetings are normally held half-termly (6 per year) and whilst there are many important aspects of the role, the most important is the business that takes place at these meetings. These meetings usually last 2 hours but governors are expected to read the papers for the meeting beforehand.

School visits – Local Governors are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of a school and its curriculum. School visits will help Local Governors to understand more about their school and the reality of school life. Governor visits to classrooms are not a form of inspection but serve as a clear monitoring function on the implementation of the school’s strategic planning.

Committee/Working party meetings – The LGB is in effect a committee of the main Trust Board but local governors may be asked to volunteer to sit on other committees or working parties either at Trust level or school level to explore key strategic issues in greater depth. Most local governors are members of one or two committees, whose work is reported back to the full governing body and/or the Trust. This is so all governors are kept informed of matters and working progress. Typical committees can include Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium, Premises and one off projects. 

Reading & Agenda - Prior to meetings, you will receive an agenda, a copy of the minutes from the previous meeting and any other relevant papers that are to be discussed. It is recommended that you take time to read and familiarise yourself with these documents prior to the meeting. Make notes of anything you are unsure of so you can ask questions at the meeting if necessary

Training – The Trust buys into the training provided by Southwark. This is free to attend, and all governors have access to the National Governance Association’s online training suite. We expect that all governors will complete the governor induction course as soon as possible after taking up their position.

All governors are also have access to the NGA membership and The Key for School Governors.

Term of Office

An appointed or elected local governor’s term of office is usually four years.