Becoming a governor is a rewarding way of making an important contribution to education. It can help you develop your existing skills and learn new ones.
Who can become a governor?
Anyone aged 18 or over can become a school or college governor. No specialist qualifications are needed and people from many different backgrounds volunteer for the role.
Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don’t need to have a family member attending a school or college to become a governor.
Being a governor – what’s involved?
As a school governor, your duties will include:
Setting the strategic direction, policies and objectives
Approving the budget
Reviewing progress against the budget and objectives
Challenging and supporting senior staff
Playing a part in appointing staff.
The governing body in schools are made up of:
Community governors, including parents
Other local sponsors, like businesses
Governing bodies make their decisions based on the advice of committees. Governing bodies in schools and colleges are accountable for:
The use of public funds
The quality of education provided
The wider contribution to the community
Time commitments for school and college governors
As a typical school governor, you can expect to spend at least six to eight hours a month on your duties.
You will need to attend meetings of the governing body at least once a term. You may also be asked to join a committee to look at specific issues.