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School governance

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This circular outlines the definition of “parent”, “parental responsibility” and “having care of a child” for the purposes of the Education Act 1996.
Here you will see our policies and guidance aims to support these educators and school governors in Wales.
The Welsh Government has developed amended guidance to help Schools in Wales establish effective complaints procedures.
This guidance will help and support school governing bodies and local authorities to implement effective staff disciplinary and dismissal procedures.
The school development plan (SDP) is the school’s strategic plan for improvement. It sets out the actions a school will take to improve learner outcomes.
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Governing bodies are key to effective school leadership.

There are approximately 23,000 school governors in Wales, one of the largest groups of volunteers in Wales. They have an essential role  in driving continuous improvement, providing support and challenge to the headteacher and senior management team and holding them to account by setting ambitious targets for school improvement and monitoring progress in achieving them.

Their role is a challenging one, but also a highly rewarding one.

We want Wales to be a nation that has the highest aspirations for all of our learners regardless of their background. We have set three priorities of improving levels of literacy, numeracy and reducing the impact of deprivation on these. School Governors are key to achieving this ambition. 

We are committed to ensuring that governing bodies have the skills they need to be effective and enable local authorities and school governing bodies to take forward structural options such as federation where this would strengthen schools and support good governance.

School Governance Task and Finish Group report

The School Governance Task and Finish Group was set up to consider the fitness for purpose of the school governance framework in Wales and make recommendations to the Minister for Education and Skills for reform.

A copy of the group’s report is attached together with the Welsh Government’s response.