It’s not long now till the #WomenEd Residential. My very good friend Jo and I are facilitating a session around governance and leadership. Our session is titled, “All you wanted to know about the Governing Body’s role in the application process but didn’t know who to ask!”
Governors are responsible for Headteacher appointments and we are also involved in appointing SLT members. The appointment of heads is arguably the most important duty governors would ever perform. As governors it is our duty to appoint the best candidate, one who is best suited to our school and is able to take it forward. Governors need to be clear about their vision for their school and their students and be able to identify a candidate who shares that vision and can develop it and take it further.
Jo and I are aware that many of the people attending the Residential will have lots of questions about the whole process. You would perhaps want to know how the governing body decides how to advertise the post, what do we look for in potential candidates, how do we short list, what happens during the interview etc. We are also aware that many of the people attending the conference may not know much about the work of governing bodies. Unless you attend governing body meetings at your school or are a staff governor you may not have had much to do with governors. You may wonder why “volunteers” who may not be educators get to appoint heads. These are some of the questions you may feel you can’t ask your governors. This is where we come in. Both Jo and I have been involved in the head recruitment process. Jo has served as Chair of Governors and is a National leader of Governance. I am the Vice Chair of the Board. Our aim for this session is to demystify the whole process. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask us questions. Please feel free to ask us anything and we will try our best to answer your questions.
Further details of the Residential can be seen below. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite. Don’t leave it too late!