Impact education across England and Wales 

School governors play a vital role in their community, improving educational outcomes for thousands of children every year.  

As a charity, we work to recruit and support volunteers onto school boards across England and Wales.   

Read on to find out more about the roles on offer and the difference you can make. 

Apply to become a school governor  

What are the benefits? 

Volunteering as a school governor is a fantastic opportunity to extend your experience, and support your career development. Other advantages include:  

  • Impacting the educational outcomes of thousands of children.  
  • The opportunity to play an active role in your community.  
  • The chance to build leadership skills and gain board-level experience.  
  • Developing skills in areas such as negotiation, asking challenging questions and strategy.  
  • Building professional networks with people who work within the same and different industries to yourself. 

But what do school governors do? 

School governors are responsible for overseeing the strategic management of a school. They focus on policy, budgeting, and staffing, working alongside senior leaders to provide an excellent education to children. 

Every state-funded school has a governing board and by volunteering as a school governor, you will provide support and challenge to ensure every pupil thrives.  

As a charity, we’ll find the position that’s right for you and best suited to your skillset. 

Who can become a school governor? 

You don’t have to be a parent or have worked in the education sector to make a difference as a school governor. Backgrounds in finance, HR, legal, data analysis and diversity are highly sought after, and can offer vital support to the running of a school. 

Softer skills, such as communication, negotiation, and community knowledge are just as valuable. Volunteers on school boards bring a range of experiences and perspectives to impact education as well as support and represent the children in their local community. 

The most important thing is that you have the time (approx. 0.5-1 day per month) to carry out the role. You’ll also need to be committed to working collectively and be willing to provide challenge and support.    

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About the Role

Find out more about the role of a school governor and the difference you could make within education. 

Apply to become a school governor

If you’re committed to supporting education in your local area, apply to become a school governor today.