In Shropshire we have two parent governor representatives (PGRs), one representing the parent governors of primary and special schools and the other representing those of secondaries.
They are democratically elected by parent governors themselves and serve for a four year period. PGRs serve on the council's Safe and Confident Communities Scrutiny Committee which carries out its responsibilities for the provision, planning, management, and review of services for children, young people and their families, including schools, early years, children's social care, youth and adults in the county. The Scrutiny Committee reviews and scrutinises decisions taken by the Executive Cabinet and monitors the performance of the education service.
In addition to this, PGRs should:
- act as an apolitical voice for parents in Shropshire, representing to the council the main educational issues which concern parents of pupils in schools maintained by the council;
- liaise with the other PGR on the Safe and Confident Communities Scrutiny Committee;
- establish good relations with other members and officers;
- feed back the council's discussions of and decisions on education to parents;
- abide by the council's procedural rules on committee procedure;
- undertake to observe the code as to conduct and local protocol which is expected of members/co-opted members of the council (failure to subscribed to such an undertaking within two months of appointment will result in the person ceasing to be a co-opted member);
- to attend meetings of the Executive Committee of the Shropshire School Governors' Council (SSGC).
Although there aren't any financial rewards for serving as a PGR (you would be eligible to claim some expenses), you could expect:
- to get personal satisfaction from performing an important public service;
- to develop a better understanding of how your local authority takes strategic decisions.
A leaflet about the role can be found via the link on this page.