Wholly Right?

The first part of the NGA’s eight elements of good governance is having the right people round the table. That means those with the necessary skills and experience, or with a readiness to learn about what is expected from governance.

Sometimes, for the sake of the children and the school, it might be better that a long-standing governor should step down, however hard that decision may be, if they are no longer wholly “right” …… (note that the video takes a few moments to start)

“O Wholly Right?”

O who is right, to sit around our table?
This is the question we really should ask.
Are we to check performance data able
Can we the pay and the finance issues grasp?
It’s good to have the loyalty and interest
But that’s not quite enough to do the job
Fall on your sword
And leave the governing body

It’s time to go
If you’re not wholly right
It’s time to go
It’s time, it’s time to go …

Now that the bar is raised for what’s expected
The role has changed from the one we once knew
Governors are now as leadership inspected
The school is judged by the things that we do
Inspectors look for evidence of impact
We’re not just here as our headteacher’s friend
Fall on your sword
If you’re a local worthy

It’s time to go
If you’re not wholly right
It’s time to go
Perhaps it’s time to go?
Truly, it’s fab that you should hear the readers –
I’m sure they’re grateful that you volunteer.
But is that what we need from our school leaders?
Are you quite sure that you have the right idea?
If you’ve no time to go on governor training,
And you don’t know what Ofsted’s looking for,
Fall on your sword
And give your resignation

It’s time to go
If you’re not wholly right
It’s time to go
Maybe it’s time to go?


“O Holy Night”

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees

O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born
O night divine!
O night, O night divine!

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name


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