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No confidence in Head

Discussion in 'Governors' started by zhuravli7, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. zhuravli7

    zhuravli7 New commenter

    The results in the school have been getting steadily worse since the present head was appointed about 6 years ago. The chair of governors- the parish priest- resolutely supports the head and blames the teachers. Morale is at rock bottom and was even remarked upon by the last ofsted inspection. How does a governor go about initiating a vote of no confidence in the management of the school?
  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    You ask the Clerk to the Governors to put the subject on the agenda for the next meeting. But it won't do you any good.
  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Governors can't vote on whether they have confidence in the head. It would be meaningless and counter-productive. The governing body as a whole is the head's employer so if the GB has no confidence in the head the correct route is to start capability proceedings under the school's capability policy. If you are an LA school it would be very unwise to do that that without consulting your LA.
  4. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    However worried you are it's unlikely that a confrontation will generate any useful progress. It's likely to trigger defensiveness and ill feeling rather than anything else.
  5. bevdex

    bevdex Star commenter

    What are the reasons for falling results?
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  6. stonerose

    stonerose Occasional commenter

    Do the problems that you outline above find a place in you school improvement plans (based on the ofsted report? (Even if the question of morale does not come up as high on the agenda as perhaps poor results would? They are very likely to be connected.) Demoralized teachers do not deliver good to outstanding lessons. I do realize that part of the governor role is critical friend, but from your post you have observed that your chair has made a 'friend' of one side and saved the 'critical' for mainly the staff? At the very least that is one sided and may not be accurate.

    Speaking both as a teacher and former governor perhaps on the 'morale' side of your concerns having some joint social function would at least make a start in forging good will and trust between the governance and management side of the school. Not as a one-off but as part of a number e.g. after Christmas end of term/year with no overt agenda other than 'getting to know you'. It may be a surprise for non teacher or non staff governors to know that very often teachers not only do not know who their governors are (until something bad happens and fur flies), but often not everyone would have been afforded to courtesy of being introduced particularly if there have been changes; minutes of meeting are not being shared etc. :)

    A united staff and governing body are more likely to go forward than a split one. It may not be the answer to all of your problems but it would at least be the first step.
  7. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Maybe you could raise the idea that some aspects of the situation may be due to poor governance and suggest a review of governance using an independent party ( Ofsted may already have suggested this). If your chair is not challenging enough this may force the issue and help put a spotlight on both head and chair ( how long in post) ?).

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