Effective Governors, Excellent Schools.

Governors for Schools finds, places, and supports skilled volunteers as governors and trustees on school and academy boards.

We support schools across England and Wales to run effectively by finding high calibre governors to bring their skills and expertise to the table – and improve education for children.

School governors play a vital role in education.

The governing board plans the strategic direction of a school, makes sure public money is well spent, and holds school leadership to account.

A strong governing board ensures robust debate, which in turn leads to better educational outcomes for children.

Whatever your professional background, your skills could transform a school.

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Interested in becoming a school governor?

Apply online and we’ll match your skills to a local school in need.

Our skills-based matching service means your unique background and experience will be put to good use - in a school that needs you most.

Looking for a new governor or trustee?

Register your vacancy online in minutes and we’ll start the search for a volunteer that best matches your requirements.

Access governor training and resources

Our eLearning modules and webinars are available for both new and existing governors.

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Latest News

Is effective onboarding the key to retaining governors?

There is a problem in governance – too many people are leaving boards not long after they joined. While of course some people leave due to circumstances outside of their control, there are myriad other reasons why volunteers leave their governor position before their term is over. Consistent churn…

The importance of a diverse board 

We know that diverse boards mean better governance. But on top of that, having people from a variety of backgrounds on school boards benefits the wider school community. So why is a diverse board so important? Over 30% of our volunteers are from BAME backgrounds, compared to a national average of 5% of non-white governors…

Can school governance bridge the skills gap in Wales?

The shift to remote working over the past year has been a welcome change for many, and it looks like the hybrid model of working may be here to stay – as research by McKinsey has found. Spending more time working at home also means that the skills we…