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Become a school governor

What school governors do

Governors sit on the school's governing board and work with the headteacher. They're responsible for the strategic goals, while the headteacher implements them and manages the school from day to day. The governors:

  • set the overall vision and direction of the school
  • oversee the budget
  • help recruit staff
  • monitor the performance of the school, for example through exams and key stage tests
  • advise on school policies and procedures

School governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. They don't need to be education experts or have formal qualifications.

Find out more information in our guide for prospective school governors

What you need to commit to

If you become a governor you need to:

  • take part in regular governors' meetings, usually 6 times a year with extra committee meetings
  • spend some time on training and getting to know the school
  • occasionally sit on appointment panels or panels that handle staff or pupil discipline issues or complaints against the school

What you can get out of it

By committing a small amount of time each month, you'll have the satisfaction of becoming part of a team involved in running the school. The free training available can give you skills you can use elsewhere.

Supported by free training

You'll get full training and you'll always act as part of a team. You don't need particular experience or qualifications and anyone over 18 can apply.

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