School Governors: The benefits of being a school governor

In the last post of our ‘School Governors’ series, we looked at who school governors are and what they do. We explored how, as a school governor, you’ll provide support and challenge to senior leadership and work with the board to develop…

Board diversity in schools: How do we measure up?

The oversight offered by a school’s governing board impacts on the experiences and opportunities available to thousands of children. And yet, research from GovernorHub into The missing pool of talent on school governing boards shows boards often lack diversity; 90% of school governors surveyed were white, 52%…

Inclusive Governance – Spotlight on Neurodiversity

This blog post was written in partnership with Neurodiversity Celebration Week. Are you passionate about supporting the education of children and young people with neurodivergence? Whether you have personal experience of – or a close connection to – neurodiversity, you can make an impact by…

School Governors: Who are they and what do they do? 

Are you looking to make a difference in your local community? Maybe you’ve seen school governors in action and have considered becoming one yourself? You might have also been put off by complicated sounding acronyms or, thought you weren’t experienced enough for the role? To be a school…

Governors for Schools supports Trans Awareness Week (This article has been amended following the release of DfE draft guidelines on gender questioning children on December 19th 2023.)

At Governors for Schools, we believe in providing everybody with the opportunity to help their local communities thrive, especially those who are underrepresented within the governance landscape. According to data from the 2021 census, there are over 262,000 people identifying as transgender (trans) within the UK. We’re keen…

The differences between equality and equity 

One of the reasons many governors volunteer their time to local school boards is to help make the educational landscape a fairer and more inclusive place. However, for all pupils to thrive, governors must appreciate the diverse and complex ways in which some members of the school community face…

Five reasons why Generation Z make great school governors 

There are many benefits to having diverse governing boards comprising people of varying age groups. One of the youngest cohorts eligible to join governing boards is Generation Z (Gen Z) – those born after the mid- to late-1990s. However, only 1% of governors are aged…

Inclusive Governance – Spotlight on Mental Health

Did you know that 66% of young people have experienced stigma and discrimination when reaching out for or receiving mental health support? Or that 35% of 11-13 year olds feel that friends, family, carers, teachers, or other authority figures are a source…

Questions for governors about LGBT+ inclusion in schools

Governors for Schools is delighted to announce our collaboration with charity ‘Just Like Us’, developed to enhance governors’ confidence and knowledge when discussing LGBT+ inclusion. School governance plays a crucial role in shaping policies and strategies that promote diversity and inclusion in schools, in turn creating positive learning environments…

In celebration of volunteers week: Guest blog from Global Schools Alliance (short read)

Governors for Schools work with many organisations to further our mission. Our friends at the Global Schools Alliance share our belief that governors are vital champions for change. This #VolunteersWeek, Global Schools Alliance alumni and school governor Nina Panaysis, looks at the importance of school governance, and the impact that…

How can governors support teaching staff through the cost of living crisis?

As the cost of living rises, many teachers are struggling to make ends meet. According to The NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union, the financial squeeze has forced many teachers to rely on credit cards, overdrafts, and sometimes even foodbanks. Such precarity can lead to increased stress levels, poor wellbeing, and…

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