Parent governor representatives sought for CBC children’s committee

Nominations have been sought from all parent governors within area

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is seeking nominees for four volunteer parent governor representative roles on its Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Candidates are required to self-nominate, and parent governors are eligible in any school phase (lower, primary, middle, secondary or upper), special school or academy.

CBC’s Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee scrutinises performance, considers children’s services policy and offers comments that inform the Executive in making decisions.

It is one of four overview and scrutiny committees which are responsible for reviewing service delivery and performance, helping to develop policy and making recommendations. Its role includes overseeing the Executive’s education functions.

The role of a parent governor representative is to:

  • Act as a non-political voice for parents in the area; representing to the local authority the main education issues which concern parents of pupils maintained by the authority
  • Liaise with the other parent governor representatives on their own local authority
  • Attend and contribute to the meetings of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and any working group meetings that might be set up by that committee, to which they may be appointed as a representative
  • Establish good relations with other members of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee and CBC officers
  • Feed back CBC discussions and decisions made on education to the parents
  • Abide by CBC rules on committee procedures (the Constitution)
  • Act with due propriety according to standards laid down for the conduct of councillors and co-opted members in local government

Four year term

The closing date for nominations is 4pm on 21 February 2019. If there are more than four candidates, an election will commence on 22 February 2019 with a closing date of 4pm on 21 March 2019.

The successful candidates will hold a four-year term of office, from May 2019 until April 2023.

The Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee meets during the day, roughly every eight weeks, usually at Priory House, in Chicksands.

If an election is necessary, the successful candidates would be likely to attend their first meeting on 21 May 2019.

Although the parent governor representatives are voluntary positions, they will receive a meetings allowance of £75 for up to four hours or £150 for more than four hours, together with travel expenses.

Find out how to become a parent governor representative