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Teamwork: an introduction for school governors (Wales)
Teamwork: an introduction for school governors (Wales)

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6. Conclusion

This course explored a number of areas relevant to your work as a school governor. Having completed your studies, you should now have a better understanding of the important role teamwork plays in a school community and how ‘partnerships’ and team working can be used to support and develop the education of pupils and maximise their opportunities.

Teamworking is also underpinned by a sense of common purpose and goals. In a governor setting this is informed by government policy and aspirations. Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education stated, ‘Our national mission in Wales is to raise standards, raise the attainment of all children and ensure we have an education system that is a source of national pride and public confidence’ (Llywodraeth Cymru/Welsh Government, n.d. 2). As a governor you play a role in that mission and the work of your governing body is underpinned by teamwork.

School governors have overall responsibility for the conduct of their school and within that particular responsibilities to promote high standards of education and the welfare of pupils. All of this is contained in a legal framework. Being a governor is both rewarding and challenging, but for governors to undertake their responsibilities and duties effectively and efficiently, they need guidance and support.

(Governors Wales/Llywodraethwyr Cymru, 2007)

You should now:

  • Understand the importance of teams in an educational context
  • Understand the importance of working in ‘partnership’ with others in an educational context