Martin Hodgson, a former school governor, focuses on the roles of the Chair and vice Chair of a governing body.

Responsibilities of the Chair

The role of the Chair is a critical one in school governance. Chairs are responsible for ensuring that governing bodies function effectively within the law and uphold the highest professional standards at all times.

Guidance on effective governance is provided in the latest Governance Handbook, published by the Department for Education (DfE) in October 2020. Chairs should comply with the guidance and provide the governing body with clear leadership and direction, keeping it focused on its core strategic functions.

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