New Forest Schools are in need of committed volunteers who would like to become school governors!
School governors are one of the largest volunteering bodies across England, with every school having a governing board, there is a need for governors in every community.
What is a school governor?
School governors provide leadership and support to schools. A governing board carry out the below responsibilities:
1. Strategy: ensure clarity of vision, ethos and direction of the school
2. Robust accountability, making sure the educational performance of the school remains high, and holding the headteacher to account
3. Financial management, ensuring money is well spent and resources utilised
Governors all sit on a board, made up of around 6-12 people and make decisions collectively. There is no individual liability for a governor.
Are there any requirements for the role?
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to be a school governor. You don’t need to be a parent, teacher or have any education experience. Just a willingness to get involved in your local community.
Schools sometimes request a specific skillset for their board, but a commitment to improving educational outcomes, the ability to ask challenging questions, and the ability to work as part of a team is just as importance.
What are the benefits of the role?
Many of our school governors say they find the role hugely rewarding. Here are a few of the many benefits;
- having an impact on educational outcomes, and a school in your local community
- experience in a Non-Executive director position
- transferable skills; able to give your skills back, but also gain new skills through the role
- training and support to help you fulfil your duties and responsibilities
What is the role commitment?
This does vary according to your position on the board, and how much you would like to get involved!
In general, according to a recent survey we carried out, governors spend around 7 hours a month on governor duties. This time estimate includes the meetings themselves (usually held termly, around 6 meetings a year), travel to the meetings and any preparation for them.
Meetings are typically held in the evenings and last around two hours, this does vary from one board to another. Occasionally, you may make a school visit outside of these meetings depending on your availability.
The term of office for a volunteer is four years, although if you are unable to fulfil this term due to a relocation etc. you are able to resign from the board at any time.
We are currently recruiting for vacancies in:
Beaulieu Village Primary School, Hyde Church of England Primary School, Milford-on-Sea Church of England Primary School, Burley Primary School, Ringwood School Academy, Marchwood Junior School, Oak Lodge School, Wildground Junior School.
The skills needed to become a governor include:
Commitment in our children's future and improving educational outcomes.
Inquisitiveness to analyse and question.
The ability to make judgements and take decisions.
Inter-personal skills and the ability to work as a team.
Although not essential, governing bodies may look for experience of areas such as education, finance, personnel, business, etc.
Being a school governor can be a very rewarding role. Here are some benefits that others have found:
The knowledge that you are helping schools, pupils and the local community.
Experience in a Non-Executive director position and leadership skills.
Training and support in order to help you fulfill your duties and responsibilities.
Please note you do not need to be a parent to become a school governor.
Depending on individual school
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Where applicable and with receipts.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 21/02/2019
End Date: 21/02/2021
Whilst depending on the individual school - six governing body meeting dates are agreed and arranged for the school calendar. Meetings tend to occur at the end of the working day. However the majority of activities can be undertaken remotely at a time to suit the volunteer.
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