School governors can transform the lives of children and young people by improving education standards. Working as a team, governors support and challenge senior school leadership. Their professional skills and expertise are harnessed to make strategic decisions that improve the learning environment and future prospects for children in schools.
Trustees and governors are, in my view, the unsung heroes of the system.
What does a school governor do?
Governors are responsible for overseeing the management side of a school: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They enable their school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside senior leaders and supporting teachers to provide excellent education to children.
Being a school governor is a commitment to attending governing body meetings which consider issues such as setting the school vision, mitigating financial risk and scrutinising educational outcomes. They are also involved in the school community, acting as critical friends to the headteacher and senior leaders.
Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the governing board and schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers, for example anyone with experience of finance, law, premises management or human resources. A governor with business know-how can transform the running of a school.
It’s very satisfying because the school seems genuinely appreciative of my work. The school was inspected again by Ofsted in January 2017 and achieved a rating of ‘good’. It was a great sense of achievement, we felt we had been along the journey together as a school and as a governing body.
Why become a school governor?
Being a school governor is a chance to experience leadership at board level at any point in one’s career. Governors balance the school’s budget, hire the headteacher and make strategic decisions. The role provides individuals with the opportunity to develop and hone skills such as negotiation, influencing and teamwork.
Volunteers need to be dedicated people who care about improving education, but they do not need prior board experience. It makes the role perfect for professionals looking to improve their business and leadership skills, give back to society and enhance children’s futures.
Training and support
We are committed to ensuring newly appointed governors are up to speed and effective in their roles as quickly as possible. We provide a number of services to support you from the start:
Six months’ free membership of The Key for School Governors for you and your fellow governors. The Key is the trusted online information service that provides practical guidance and resources to help you to perform your role effectively. This offer is open to governors at primary and secondary schools who have not used The Key in the last two years.