This article is based on the role of the chair of governors guidance published by the National College of Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) (now closed - although the advice is still relevant). We also got advice from our governance experts: Alice Maynard, Kate Foale and Leon Ward.
The benefits of a strong working relationship
A good relationship that's clear to all colleagues will:
- Allow you to work well together, prioritising the best interests of your school
- Encourage a culture of openness, support and challenge throughout your school
- Allow you to act as a critical friend, offering challenge and support
- Help everyone to recognise the role of the governing board in your school's leadership
Understand each other's roles
Be clear on the difference between your role as leader of the board, and your headteacher's role as leader of the operational team.
It's fine to express your view about how the headteacher could implement a board