To find out more or talk further about what opportunities are available in your area, please contact the Suffolk Leadership and Governance Team on email@example.com or call 01473 263972.
Suffolk Guidance on forming a Federation
In our Governor Headlines Live meeting on 27 January, 2021, we introduced a document recently written by the Local Authority; 'Suffolk Guidance on forming a Federation'.
Local Authority officers are sometimes involved in discussions with governors and other school leaders about potential partnership working with other schools, which may lead to forming or joining a federation.
This can be linked to support for Headteacher recruitment, sustainability and budget. The guidance has been produced with the aim of supporting governing bodies in their decision making and discussions if they are considering federation. It will also support the due diligence process. Schools will be able to use it and the sources referenced within it to explore the benefits that federating may provide and any lessons previously learnt by school leaders who have followed this path.
Suffolk Guidance on Forming a Federation (PDF, 413KB)
If you have any queries regarding the document, partnerships or federations please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governance headlines live: virtual governance session
We held our first virtual session for governors, “Governor Headlines Live” on 14 July 2020. We really welcomed the opportunity to speak with you, share thoughts on governance in the new school year and answer any questions that you might have had.
If you were unable to attend but have any questions, or did attend but have a further query, please contact the Leadership and Governance team at email@example.com or call 01473 263972.
Governor to Governor support website
The Governor to Governor support website allows governors to share best practice with one another without the need for the Local Authority to facilitate this.
It currently contains a number of case studies highlighting good practice which will grow as time goes by. Each case study listed includes details of a governor at the school who can be contacted directly to discuss its contents further. A governor forum is also available to sign up to.
The website provides links to useful resources and policies, including all back-issues of Governor Headlines, and offers the opportunity for governors to share their own. All governor vacancies for maintained schools are also displayed, based on the information that we have. These will be updated every 2 weeks but if you find that the vacancy information shared for your school is incorrect, please update us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Similarly, if you are an academy and would like to advertise your vacancies on the website, please contact us at the same address.
In addition to the website, we have a Twitter page to help keep governors informed of all the latest updates and share useful governance tips. If you would like to follow us, we can be found at @GovernSuffolk.
Why govern in Suffolk?
Could you use your experience to benefit a local school by becoming a school governor?
Watch our school governor case studies to find out how people from around the county have put their skills into a Suffolk school.
Why become a school governor
As a governor, you can:
- make a difference in your local community
- develop your skills and experience
- improve your knowledge about the education sector
Find out more about the benefits of becoming a school governor and how the local authority can help you:
- School governor case studies
- Why become a school governor in Suffolk? (PDF, 113KB)
- Governance facts (PDF, 39KB)
What you need to know about becoming a school governor
A good governor should:
- gain a good understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses
- contribute to the strategic discussions at governing body meetings
- hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school's performance
Read in more detail about what governors are expected to do (PDF, 51KB).
If you have any questions about school governance, contact the Suffolk Leadership and Governance Team by emailing email@example.com or calling 01473 263972.
How to become a school governor
- Register your interest in becoming a school governor, or download and fill out the governor application form (Word, 50KB) and email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Leadership and Governance team at Suffolk County Council will contact you to discuss your options.
- Agree your first, second and third choice school.
- The Leadership and Governance team will then contact your first choice of school.
- A meeting will be arranged with the Chair of the Governing body, which will include a general discussion about the governing body, recent successes, challenges and a tour of the school.
- You will be given the option to sit in on a full governing body meeting.
- If you would like to join this governing body, you will need to provide your references and carry out the necessary checks, including DBS.
- Congratulations, you've become a school governor and can start putting your skills into a Suffolk school.