People apply to become school governors for a number of reasons – from giving back to their communities, helping provide children with opportunities they had – or didn’t have, to doing something different with their skills.

Whatever people’s motivations, a desire to help and a passion for education are always on the list.

However, joining a school governing board doesn’t just benefit children and the community. Volunteering as a governor is also a way to learn new skills and put existing skills into practice in a new environment. Employers across the country recognise the benefits being a school governor has on their employees and many of our partners offer volunteering days for their staff to attend board meetings.

Governors gain experience in a number of areas, including:

  • Communication – sharing opinions and conveying ideas effectively
  • Working as part of a team with a diverse range of people
  • Problem solving
  • Overseeing budgets in excess of £1 million
  • Strategic planning
  • Analysing data to ask challenging questions

A governing board’s role is to support and challenge the school’s senior leadership. What you might not realise is that by joining a board, you’ll also be supported and challenged, developing skills to take back to the workplace.

Apply to become a governor and start putting your skills and interests into action.