How to get a head start in your new role

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Finally, here are a few practical tips on what you need to do when starting as a new governor

  • Provide the clerk to the governing board with your contact details and information required for Get Information About Schools Database
  • Ensure that you have submitted all the required documents for your registration as a member of the governing board, including your DBS check to the school office within 21 days of appointment.
  • Read and sign the following documents:
  • Complete your Declaration of Interests (ask the clerk about it if you have any questions)
  • Ask the governing board if they have a Governor Skills Audit for you to complete and return.
  • Make sure you have all the governing board meeting dates in your diary and have set aside time to read papers and prepare in advance of meetings.
  • Ask for a copy and familiarise yourself with the school’s safeguarding policy, procedures and arrangements.
  • Complete online safeguarding training and return certificate to the clerk or school office.
  • Arrange a meeting with the headteacher and chair of governors, ask for a tour of the school.

All the best in your new role and thank you once again for committing to support education in Buckinghamshire. 

Please contact if the school improvement team can provide any support or answer any questions to support you in your new role.

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