Post of a special school parent governor representative still to be filled

Central Bedfordshire Council has appointed a new volunteer parent governor representative to their Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Kathryn Sarah Keeley has been appointed after lots were drawn as the result of a tied election. She will take up her post as an academy representative this month and will serve in the role until April 2023.

A nomination process will begin at a later date for the remaining available post of a special school parent governor representative.

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

It is one of four overview and scrutiny committees which are responsible for reviewing service delivery and performance. So helping to develop Council policy and making recommendations to the Council’s Executive. 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 officers of the Council
  • Feedback the local authority’s discussions and decisions made on education to the parents
  • Abide by the local authority’s 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

The Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee meets during the day, usually at Priory House, in Chicksands. The meetings are roughly every eight weeks. The first meeting a successful candidate would be required to attend is 10 March 2020.

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.

For more information on the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the result of the election, please visit the Council’s website.