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Interested in Becoming a Governor?

The Role

Anyone aged 18 or over and living in the UK can be a governor.

Governors do not manage a school day to day, but are required to oversee its long-term development.

Ultimately, all governor responsibilities come back to this task and can be split into three core roles.

 

I’m not a parent

You don’t need to have children or be a parent of a child at the school to become a school governor.

Training

Governing bodies rely on a variety of experiences and perspectives.  No prior knowledge is required.  Training and support is available for new and existing governors and is free of charge.  We recommend all new governors attend a governor induction programme.

Time Commitment

The average time commitment is 10-15 hours per term.  This includes meetings, background reading and school visits.

School governors are like magistrates or members of a jury and therefore have a right to reasonable time off work for their public duties (this may be unpaid).  Check with your HR department for your company’s policy.

Term of Office

School Governors have a term of office of four years.  However, as a volunteer you can resign at any time if your circumstances change.

 

 

 

"There can never have been a more important time in our country’s recent history to be involved in education, and we need skilled and motivated governors who are committed to transforming our schools.”

Lord Nash

Parliamentary under-secretary of State for Schools