Volunteer as a school governor

Developing your role as a governor

As you become more experienced as a governor, there are other roles you could volunteer for.

This increases your degree of involvement and level of responsibility. For example, you could become a chair of a committee or take on a link governor role for a specific area such at Special Educational Needs.

To perform the role well, you should:

  • Get to know the school. You should, where possible, sometimes visit the school during school hours. You should also gain a good understanding of its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Attend induction training, plus regular relevant training and development events
  • Attend full governing board meetings and committee meetings. You should also read all the papers before the meeting. More and more meetings for governing boards are taking place online.
  • Act in the best interest of all the pupils of the school
  • Behave in a professional manner, as set down in the governing board’s code of conduct. This includes acting in strict confidence.

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