14 days ago
Governors for Schools
Do you want to use your skills to improve education for children? Become a school governor and see the impact your decisions can have.
Hallfield School, Birmingham, (B15 3SJ) is looking for a volunteer from a finance background to join their governing body.
What do school governors do?
School governors have a varied and important role, helping the school run effectively. They have 3 core functions:
- Planning the strategic direction of the school
- Overseeing financial performance of the school and ensuring money is well spent
- Holding the headteacher or school leadership to account
The governor role is strategic rather than operational. Governors don’t get involved with the day to day running of a school, instead supporting and challenging the school’s leadership team to drive school improvement.
A strong and diverse governing board ensures robust debate, which in turn leads to better educational outcomes for children.
Why become a school governor?
- Help schools overcome challenges to ensure a bright future for children in your community
- Work collaboratively with people from different backgrounds, challenging your own perspective and broadening your network
- Gain experience outside of your job description and skills you can bring back to work
Who can be a school governor?
You don’t need any specific skills or experience to be a school governor. You must be over 18, but you don’t need to be a parent or have experience working in education. Often, it’s the outside perspective you can bring that a school needs.
Professional experience in areas such as HR, finance, law, or project management, are all useful to a school. But soft skills such as leadership, communication, and problem solving are also vital.
The majority of our volunteers are first-time governors. Our training and support will help you feel confident in your role and get you up to speed, so that you can make a positive impact from your first day.
How much of a commitment is being a school governor?
Our recent survey found volunteers spend an average of around 7 hours a month on governing duties. The term of office for a governor is 4 years.
Governors usually attend around 6 meetings a year, most of which are held in the evenings. Being a school governor is a commitment and a responsibility, but offers you the chance to see first-hand the impact you can make in improving education for children in your community.
How to apply
If this is of interest to you please press apply, you will be directed to our website so you can fill out our online application form. We’ll then match your skills with a school in need.