A new procedure for appointing school governors and a recommended code of conduct is to go before cabinet.
A cabinet report recommends that the current interim procedure is revoked and the new procedure for selection, nomination and removal of local authority governors for schools and academies is implemented.
The new procedure will ensure that no local authority-appointed governor serves on more than two governing bodies and that they cannot serve at the same school for more than eight years.
The recommended code of conduct supports the position of the National Governors’ Association (NGA) that it is not good practice for an individual to hold the office of chair of governors for more than six years at the same school.
Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Being a school governor can be such a rewarding experience and we want to recruit excellent governors who can make a real difference to schools. It is a great opportunity for personal development as volunteers can gain a wealth of skills, such as project management, data analysis and budget control.
“This new procedure champions the best practice in the country and keeps governors and their boards fresh by including a time limit of eight years, or six for chairs of governors. It also helps governors give their best by allowing them to focus on just one or two schools. ”
Governors in Birmingham should have a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children. They are also required to sign a code of conduct and have sufficient levels of literacy and numeracy, as well as interpersonal skills, a willingness to learn and inquisitiveness.
The report will go to cabinet on 29 June 2015.
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