Shropshire Council

Parent governor representatives (PGRs) – election details 2020

Parent governor representatives (PGRs) are elected to serve on our People Overview Committee which is focused on ways for us and our partners to improve local services and make a positive, sustained difference to the quality of life for local people.

In Shropshire two PGRs are democratically elected by parent governors themselves and serve for a four-year period.

About the role

The role of the PGR is to:

  • 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 us
  • Liaise with the other PGR on committee
  • Attend and contribute to the meetings of the Children's Services Overview Committee, and any working group meetings that might be set up by that committee and to which they may be appointed as a representative
  • Establish good relations with other members and officers
  • Feed back to parents the council's discussions relating to education
  • 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 subscribe to such an undertaking within two months of appointment will result in the person ceasing to be a co-opted member)

Although there are no financial rewards for serving as a PGR (you would be eligible to claim some expenses), you could expect:

  • To gain personal satisfaction from engaging in an important public service
  • To develop a better understanding of how your local authority takes strategic decisions

Further information about the People Overview Committee can be found on our Committee Services pages.

The election opens on 13 January 2020 for the two PGR positions currently vacant.

Timeline for election

Date

Action

13 January 2020

Nominations open

All nominations and supporting statements should be submitted electronically to Sue Round, Governor Services manager, at Governor-Services@shropshire.gov.uk
by midday on 14 February.

14 February 2020,
midday

Nominations close (at midday)

If there are two nominees, the appointments will be automatic, and voting will not be required.

2 March 2020

Voting opens (if a ballot is required)

If there are more than two nominees, personal statements and online ballot system will be available for elected parent governors’ consideration and voting on this webpage.

27 March 2020,
midday

Voting closes (at midday)

Announced no later than 3 April 2020

Votes counted (electronically)

The ballot result will be announced on this webpage, and by email to maintained schools.

People Overview Committee Services begins support for newly elected representatives. Induction and communication route to parent governors confirmed.

If, as a parent governor, you would like to nominate yourself for election as a (PGR), please complete the nomination form and personal statement document by midday on Friday 14 February 2020.

Please note: nominations will only be accepted if the nomination form AND personal statement are both returned, fully completed.

Nomination papers must be returned by the deadline to Sue Round, Governor Services manager, at Governor-Services@shropshire.gov.uk

November 2019