Have you ever thought about becoming a governor/trustee?
Want to make a difference and develop new skills? Each school governor and trustee really can help to make schools better. Why not volunteer today?
Governors/trustees are teams of skilled volunteers who set the vision and strategic direction for schools and colleges. They are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have a crucial part to play in raising school standards.
Inspiring Governance is the national online matchmaking service which connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors and trustees with schools and colleges. It also provides free, expert support for volunteers newly appointed to boards are able to govern effectively right from the outset.
Volunteering to govern is one of the best ways to make a positive impact on young people’s lives by contributing to the issues that you feel passionately about
You will develop skills that are valued by employers, such as board-level leadership, strategic planning, financial planning and effective team-working
You can contribute to the success of the schools and their pupils through effective governance especially in areas of the country where schools struggle to find people with the right skills and expertise
Select ‘School Governor’ from the list of volunteering activities and list the skills and experience you can offer a school.Your profile will then appear in searches by schools and recruiting boards looking for volunteers in their area interested in becoming a governor.
How does it work?
Inspiring Governance uses smart online technology which already engages over 6,000 schools and 32,000 volunteers registered across the country. Volunteers sign up online for free. They come from a wide range of professions and sectors, with skills and expertise in areas such as Finance, Human Resources, Law, and Marketing. Recruiting boards can search easily and quickly for the skills and experience they need.
Once placed, your new governors/trustees will have access to a dedicated helpline, provided by the National Governors’ Association,designed to support them through their first year in the role. NGA help covers:
Understanding the role and responsibilities of governing
Understanding the core functions of the governing board
Becoming effective as quickly as possible
Staying motivated and committed to school governance
Get in touch
We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions about signing up, recruiting a governor, volunteering or setting up an employer scheme? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7566 4880
It’s been so rewarding to see the impact the governing body has had on the children’s lives – we really are helping give them the best possible education.
— Sharna Jackson, Community Governor, Rotherhithe School
Being Vice Chair of Governors at Saints Peter and Paul in Kirkby is extremely rewarding. I am able to apply my skills as an experienced Project Manager to help the continuous improvement and development of our school. Turner & Townsend are extremely supportive of me undertaking this role and actively encourage employees to undertake voluntary activities as part of their commitment to Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CSR). This helps our staff develop their skills in areas such as leadership, negotiation and team work. In my time as a governor, I have been able to use my industry contacts to secure funding for a new nature garden, as well as utilise my experience to deliver extensive refurbishment and building improvement works at the School.
— Matthew Pendergast, Vice Chair of Governors at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School
I was a bit daunted at first by the responsibility of becoming a governor and how much I didn’t know. However, I received some excellent training, and it’s also about working as part of a team so I built my role up slowly over time and found the areas where I could best contribute.
— Zahid Malik, Parent Governor, Dog Kennel Hill Primary School
I became a governor because I wanted to give something back to the college that started me on my career in Education. I have a lot of experience and knowledge that could help the senior team. I love the fact I am now contributing to young people who are also starting on their careers. Being a governor means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives. I think being a governor is one of the most important roles in any college, as we give direction to the college and are stewards of the college assets. We also make sure every learner gets an outstanding learning experience. I'm also learning a lot, and feel so proud at student award ceremonies, that I have contributed to enabling them to succeed.
— Jo Matthews, Vice Chair of a city college
I became a governor three years ago and I currently attend around 3-4 meetings each term including the teaching and learning committee that I chair. The most important part of the role so far has been the recruitment of a new headteacher and ensuring she has the support she needs in her new role.
I became a governor so I could support my local community on an issue that I am passionate about. I want to see every child have the opportunity to achieve highly, and their imagination and creativity nurtured. I also wanted to develop my own skills and joining a governing body offers a unique opportunity to do that. You work with a range of people on all sorts of issues, from staffing to health and safety to performance data. I am lucky that my workplace is flexible around me visiting the school during working hours, and I am rewarded with an extra holiday entitlement for taking on the role.
— Oliver Kean, Vice Chair of Governors, Community Governor