Last reviewed on 16 December 2021
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Whether you're the chair of a maintained school or academy, understand your role by downloading our role description. You'll also find skills audits to help you identify your strengths, and the skills and knowledge you still need to acquire in your role.

Know your main functions

As 'first among equals', you don't have any individual power, except in cases of urgency. However, you do have a key leadership role on the board, according to guidance from the former National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Your job is to:

  • Work with the headteacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement
  • Make sure that the governing board sets a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
  • Work with the board to hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of your school and the performance management of staff
  • Ensure financial oversight and value for money

Leading effective governance with strong leadership and clear strategic focus Building the team by recruiting effective governors and making sure they contribute their relevant skills and experience, upskilling as necessary Building a strong relationship with the headteacher as a 'critical friend' by offering challenge, support and encouragement Putting school improvement at the