Becoming a School Governor
Governing boards need skilled, motivated
people who are committed to making an improvement in our
Would you like to become a school
· Do you have an
interest in education?
· Would you like to
give active service to the community?
· Do you want to
help our schools provide the best education for each child?
· Would you like to
be part of a team dedicated to achieving this?
· Do you have the
time to make a commitment to learn about the role,
Induction training and undertake
ongoing professional development?
Volunteering as a School Governor - Information
If you would like to find out more please book
to attend this session by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephoning 01234 276792.
Volunteering as a School Governor
Thursday 16th March 2017
School Governors One Stop Shop (SGOSS)
SGOSS will now remain open for business, having
secured funding from private donors to allow them to
continue to support schools and volunteers in recruiting and
becoming skilled governors.
Web address: http://www.sgoss.org.uk/
We will continue to work with SGOSS to address recruitment needs
and work to provide candidates who bring the skills and experience
The SGOSS website is a useful resource for people interested in
finding out more about what is involved in becoming a school
Inspiring Governors Alliance
The Inspiring Governors
Alliance provides more information about the role of school
governors and offers help to governing boards looking to recruit
How much time does it take to be a
It is difficult to say precisely as each
governing board operates in its own way. However, the full
governing board must meet once a term and these meetings are of
about two hours duration. In addition governors will be
expected to join a committee and the committee will meet each term.
Governors will be expected to make a visit to the school at least
once a year.
Who can become a School
Nearly all people over the age of 18 can
become a school governor, although safeguarding checks will be
made. A willingness to learn and to attend training is also
A few people may be disqualified, see
disqualifications sheet below.
Governors must adhere to the Seven Principles
of public life and the Code of Conduct for their governing board.
New Governors are expected to attend Induction training for new
How long do Governors
The Head teacher is a governor by right of
All other governors’ term of office
is four years, although occasionally this can be less.
Governors are elected or appointed and can
serve further terms of office if they are reappointed or
What help is there for
Many governing boards provide help for new
governors such as a mentor.
Bedford Borough provides support for all
governors, including new governors:
· New governors
receive a Welcome booklet with helpful information about
· New Governors
· School Governor
Annual Training Programme – available to all governors from all
and free schools across Bedford Borough.
provided through access to GovernorHub: www.governorhub.com.
· Telephone and
Follow the link below and complete the
Prospective Governor form which will automatically be sent to:
Julia Newman, Governor Training and
Development Co-ordinator, Bedford Borough Council, School
Improvement Team, 5th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell
Street, Bedford MK42 9AP