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Do You Want to be a Governor?

Do You Want to be a Governor?

The Role of the School Governor

Governors have a wide range of managerial responsibilities and play a central role in the planning, development, monitoring and evaluation of all aspects of school life.

“The role of the Board of Governors is to manage the school with a view to providing the best possible education and educational opportunities for all of the pupils.  This involves:

  • setting the strategic direction for the school;
  • taking corporate decisions in relation to the statutory functions of the board of governors”.

(Every School a Good School – The Governors’ Role)

The role of the governor, together with the principal and the staff of the school is to contribute to the process of school improvement.  It is important that governors are aware of this role and can fulfil this role by:

  • becoming more knowledgeable about the school and the education system within Northern Ireland;
  • attending properly convened meetings and being prepared for meetings by reading reports and documents relating to school improvement;
  • being aware of and becoming familiar with procedures and guidelines which have been developed on various school issues such as appointments of staff, health and safety and child protection and safeguarding issues;
  • having a knowledge and understanding of the vision for the school through the school’s development plan and the financial plan;
  • having a good working relationship with the principal, staff, parents, pupils and fellow governors.

The skills, experience and attributes that governors gain and develop in their working lives are an invaluable asset to the responsibilities undertaken as school governors.

The EA tv programme below highlights the role of a School Governor and how Governors add value to the work of the school. Click on the play button below to view.


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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