Register for a free information session

Join us on Thursday 6th June from 12.30-1.30pm to learn about the Camden Young Governors’ Pathway to Governance Programme, and find out how you can give back to the borough while gaining valuable skills and knowledge by volunteering as a school governor. This free opportunity includes training and support to prepare you for a role on the governing board of a Camden school.

Alternatively, if you can’t wait to get involved in the Camden Young Governors’ Pathway to Governance Programme, you don’t need to wait for the information session. If you know you want to be considered for the programme, you can complete a short registration of interest form to apply for the opportunity.

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What is Pathway to Governance

Pathway to Governance is a unique programme designed to help make school governance accessible and relatable. It’s ideal for those aged between 18 and 30, who live in Camden and who may be:

  • Starting out on their career journey and want a chance to learn and develop some common essential workplace skills that can support their CV.
  • Young people with more recent lived experience of the education system.
  • Those who bring a diversity of skills but not necessarily from an established professional background.
  • Those who are interested in school governance but are lacking confidence in their ability to carry out the role effectively.

It’s also completely free!

Find out more, watch our video!

Why is it important?

Many people assume they do not have the right skills and experience to be a school governor. This may be simply because they’re just starting out in their career, because they are still studying, because they are too young or because they don’t hold professional qualifications.

However, the reality is that schools in Camden need school governors with a broad range of skills and perspectives to help them run effectively, and younger volunteers are an essential part of this equation. 

  • Young people have more recent first-hand experience of the modern education system. This allows them to offer unique viewpoints on a range of issues affecting today’s schools.
  • Younger school governors tend to be more sensitive to the importance of inclusion and sustainability.
  • Growing up in the digital era means younger volunteers understand the kinds of skills younger generations will need in their personal and professional lives. 

The Camden Young Governors’ Pathway to Governance Programme is designed to empower participants to have the confidence to apply to school governance roles and lend their voices to boards across the borough.

This opportunity helps young people understand the valuable contribution they can make to the education system in Camden through school governance while equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need in the role.

How does Pathway to Governance work?

The Camden Young Governors’ Pathway to Governance Programme is run in collaboration with Camden Learning.

We’d like to invite anyone who is interested in finding out more to register for an information session on Thursday 6th June from 12.30-1.30pm.

This session will explain more about the role of a school governor, how young people in Camden can benefit from volunteering their time with a Camden school and what the programme involves.

The Camden Young Governors’ Pathway to Governance Programme includes:

  • A dedicated Pathway to Governance contact who can offer support and guidance through the programme.
  • Access to Governors for Schools eLearning materials designed specifically by for those who are new to school governance, our CPD accredited ‘Become an Effective New Governor‘ series.
  • A live school governing board simulation experience, where delegates are able to apply their skills and learning to a real school governance context.
  • 1:1 application support to become a school governor in Camden.

What are our volunteers saying about our  CPD accredited ‘Become an Effective New Governor’ series?

The course is very insightful on every aspect regarding schooling and how we can be more effective in fulfilling our duties. I will be going back to the modules that relate to my specific responsibilities during my time as a school governor.

I’m so glad this exists, I am finding it difficult to get on my local training course as they are all in work hours. Being able to do this in my own time and cover the topics I need to know about was so valuable. It is really easy to use and there are tonnes of links that I’ve jotted down to use in future. It tells you just enough, but not too much!

Find out more about our ‘Become an Effective Governor’ series

How can the Pathway to Governance programme impact skills development?

Pathway to Governance isn’t just about helping young people share their skills with schools. The programme also offers participants a fantastic opportunity to develop their own personal and professional skills base. These skills can then be brought back to their workplace or studies. Research conducted on the experiences of school governors working in professional fields revealed a close match between the skills used in a school governance context and in a corporate/professional context. In particular, school governors recognised significant overlap in the following areas:

  • Providing challenge and asking probing questions.
  • Strategic planning and developing professional relationships.
  • Leading, persuading or influencing others.

School governors reported strong development in these transferable skills, which in turn has led to enhanced performance in the workplace. In addition to the areas set out above, school governors also reported strong growth in:

  • Preparation, flexibility and agility.
  • Analysing performance data and KPIs.
  • Financial skills and value for money.

Before starting Pathway to Governance…

Prior to engagement with the programme Governors for Schools surveyed those taking part. This was to understand their current level of knowledge, confidence and motivation for taking on the role. The answers here are the average scores given out of 10.

After completing Pathway to Governance…

Those who completed the programme then completed another survey to help us understand how their views and confidence had changed after completion. These delegates reported a significant increase in both their understanding of the role, and their confidence in undertaking it.

What makes Pathway to Governance unique?

Pathway to Governance is an innovative and immersive learning programme. The programme gives delegates the unique opportunity to try out being a school governor before actually becoming one in Camden. Led by experienced school governors, delegates have the opportunity to learn how a governing board meeting works. They also get the opportunity to scrutinise board papers, and prepare effective challenge questions in a real governing board meeting context.

Above all, they are supported through this process in order to effectively apply the learning developing during the independent study phase of the programme.

Speak to one of the team

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity, please contact Emma Hawker, Impact and Projects Manager at Governors for Schools.

 

Pathway to Governance Brochure

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Pathway to Governance FAQs

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