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One way that governing boards manage their workload is by delegating tasks to smaller groups of governors, called committees. Understand the role committees play in managing the governing board's responsibilities.

The reason for committees

Running a school is a big responsibility. The board has 3 core functions, but there are many tasks involved in each of them. Committees can be an effective way to manage it all.

A smart committee structure makes sure you always have the right eyes looking in the right places. 

Keep in mind that the governing board as a whole is still responsible for all of its duties, delegated or not. So committees are responsible for keeping the rest of the board in the loop on their delegated areas of responsibility. This includes:

  • Updating the board on any issues or problems the committee's working on
  • Describing the committee's accomplishments
  • Detailing any decisions the committee has made


If you're in an academy, the board of trustees will decide

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