Parent Governors and Governors who are Parents

All governors share responsibility equally for the conduct and welfare of the school but parent governors and governors who are parents have particular insights and potential conflicts. This course is designed to help all governors who are parents of children in the school to explore their role and responsibilities.

Areas to be considered are:

Nigel Gann writes and lectures widely throughout Wales and England on school improvement and school governance. He is chair of governors of a primary school and a parent governor at a secondary school.

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Responding to Parents: Notes for governors

Parents have not always been welcomed into schools, so there are some historical barriers to be broken down. Also, many parents have less than pleasant memories of their own schooldays. These circumstances mean that, even in the most welcoming schools (such as ours), there are obstacles to free communication between parents and teachers.

All governors (but especially parent governors) should act as a channel of communication, interpreting the school to its parent community and the parent community to the school.

Some parents especially those who have got used to other schools expect schools to blame them when things go wrong. Some schools claim that when parents don’t turn up to parents meetings and other events, it’s because they are completely satisfied with the school, or because they are apathetic. It is probable that the answer lies more in the historical obstacles created by schools. Blaming parents is unlikely to help the school to work more closely with them. The following points are worth remembering:

If you are approached by parents about an issue in school: