I was elected as a parent governor at Great Moor Infant School in October 2015 having campaigned with an offer to provide not only full commitment and energy but the commercial, contract management, finance and leadership skills that I have built up during my 25 year career working for blue chip organisations in both the automotive and energy sectors.
In the first year since becoming elected as governor I committed myself to the full LA governor training programme which covered 15 courses ranging from PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Strategic Focus and Funding for schools, Special Education Needs and Disabilities to Budget Monitoring and Safer Recruitment; holding certificates for a vast spectrum of specialist skills and knowledge required to support an educational system.
Having now invested in the training that was required to best support the school I am now putting that to good use as an active member of the Resource & Finance committee, Standards & General Purposes, Staff Pay Review committee and Co-Headteachers’ Performance Management committee.
I really enjoy all of the courses the Local Authority has to offer, however PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) was something that I quickly became passionate about and was later appointed Safeguarding Governor and a member of the ‘Looking After Children’ committee for GMIS. I believe PSHE supports the total wellbeing of the child – not just education. Healthy eating, values, behaviour, anti-bullying, safeguarding are key areas that I wish to help the school focus on to ensure we are doing all we can to enable pupils to thrive through the promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
During my first year I was also appointed Link Governor to our Reception classes. This is a great way for governors to work more closely with the teaching staff of a particular year group and have a greater impact by channelling energies to the specific wants and needs of that age group. Linking governors with a year helps improves awareness and teamwork across the teaching staff and governing body.