If you can be in school from early morning
Not leaving till the meeting ends at ten,
While knowing that tomorrow’s Parents’ Evening
Will mean you get to do it all again;
If you can represent your setting’s workforce,
But never be a mouthpiece to provide
A platform for the views of just one person
Who wants to gets the governors on their side.
If you can quiz the head when all about you
Are missing opportunities to pose
The kind of questions needing to be answered –
Like “What’s the impact been?” and how one knows.
If you can share your expertise with governors,
And school performance data analyse,
Explain to newbies what the TLAs mean,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise.
If you can sit through multiple RAISE sessions
While a trainer explains (again) what each part means
And then with patience guide the other governors
On the significance of all the blues and greens;
If you can trust results when others doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
And show how colleagues’ tracking can be looked at
In a way that justifies why there was “blue”.
If you can bear to look at DfE statistics,
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
And watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
As pupils’ needs rank lower than the school’s;
If you can stay objective in discussion,
And wear two hats, and still have time to laugh;
If you can do all this, and do your day job,
You’ll fulfill the role of “Super-Governor (Staff)”
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s If.