A headteacher will be a full member of the governing body of their school unless they choose not to be a governor. If a headteacher decides not to be a governor they are still entitled to attend all meetings of the governing body. The special position of the headteacher governor is important if a good relationship is to be maintained between the head and the governing body. The headteacher will:
- report to governors but also involve governors closely in the running of the school (without, of course, avoiding their own responsibilities);
- be honest, direct and open with governors;
- establish a good rapport with the chairperson of the governing body;
- use simple and direct language rather than technical educational jargon;
- create a climate where governors feel welcome in the school and not just when governing body meetings are held.