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Governing councils are bodies that govern a school or preschool.
Governing councils work with the site leader (principal or director) to help set and monitor the direction of a site.
A governing council meets regularly to talk about the direction for the site. The timing of meetings can be different for each site, but it’s no less than twice a term.
Meetings are a big part of being on a governing council, but it’s not only that. In your role on the council, you might:
- be on an interview panel to select the site’s principal or director
- need to deal with media in response to an event or a good news story
- be an employing authority of out of school hours care (OSHC) or canteen staff.
You do not work alone when you are on a governing council. You and the site leader have shared responsibilities, but your day-to-day involvement is different.
Some differences between governance and day-to-day management
In your role on a governing council, you work with the site leader to:
- involve the local community
- develop and approve local policies
- set the broad direction and vision of the site
- monitor and review the site improvement plan
- be the employing authority of some services, including OSHC and canteen.
Site leaders work with governing councils to:
- give educational leadership
- carry out the site’s policies
- carry out the site improvement plan.
To quickly see who does what, you can look at the comparison of responsibilities.