Local Governing Boards

Local – A LGB within SMART Multi Academy Trust is local to the school and community it serves.
 
Governing – A LGB provides support and scrutiny to the school leadership and as such oversees the governance of the school. They have delegated powers and responsibilities from the Board of Trustees and these can be found in a document called the Scheme of Delegation
 
Board – The term board is used in order to promote the application of business like methods and procedures, to ensure value for money and measurable success in achieving the Academy Trust's educational objectives.
 
Key guidance for Local Governing Boards is provided by the DfE in the Governance Handbook and Competency Framework for Governance
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The skills of a Governor
 
The role of a Governor can be a challenging and rewarding one. Governors are volunteers and give up their valuable time and expertise to ensure that local communities interests are being served by their schools. Governors can be involved in many different areas of the school business and their input and involvement is crucial.
 
The Essential attributes of a Governor are:
• a commitment to improving education for all pupils
• an ability to work in a professional manner as part of a team and take collective responsibility for   decisions
• a willingness to learn
• a commitment to the Academy Trust's ethos and vision
• basic literacy and numeracy skills
• basic IT skills (i.e. word processing and email)
 
The additional range of skills that are needed across the LGB as a whole:
• Understanding and/or experience of governance
• Vision and strategic planning
• Holding the head to account
• Financial oversight
• Knowing your school and community
 
Key information regarding the role of a governor can be found here Governance and Competency Framework for Governance
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Local Governing Board's
 
Our LGBs have between 3 and 13 Governors and each board is comprised of:
Chair (who may not be an employee of the academy trust)
• Vice Chair
• A minimum of two parent governors
• No more than one third membership of a school's staff (including the Headteacher)
• Up to four co-opted members
• No more than 19.9% Local Authority Influenced persons (to a maximum of 2 persons).
 
Trustees may be on LGBs and also any Trustee may attend a LGB meeting and have full voting rights. All meetings must be quorate a minimum of 3 voting members present or one third of the Board
 
Sub committees of a Local Governing Board
 
LGBs often delegate work to smaller more specialised sub committees. These sub committees can focus on a variety of areas required for school governance. These can encompass, staff, performance and recruitment, buildings maintenance, health and safety and asset management, community and family, finance and budget management and school performance.