Impact education across England and Wales

School governors and academy trustees 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 those volunteers onto school and trust boards across England and Wales.  

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

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What do school governors and academy trustees 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 in their school. 

While school governors sit on the board of one school, academy trustees sit on the boards of multi academy trusts – which have multiple schools in their remit. Every state-funded school has a governing board and every multi academy trust (in England) has a board of academy trustees. By volunteering as either a school governor or academy trustee, 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.

Why do schools and trusts need you?

There are currently over 5,000 vacancies registered with our services across England and Wales. We’re looking for committed volunteers to fill those roles. 

You don’t have to be a parent or have worked in the education sector to make a difference as a school governor/academy trustee. 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/trust 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 the ability to provide challenge and support.   

While the school governor role is open to those at any stage in their career, academy trustees will need to be able to draw on more significant career experience, such as managing multi-million-pound budgets or working in a strategic senior leadership position in any sector. 

What are the benefits?

Volunteering as a school governor or academy trustee 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. 

What next?

Our team will work closely with you to identify a role matching your skills and preferences. This is to ensure you have the most impact on a board. Once you’re placed on a board, we’ll provide training and support to help you thrive in your new role and impact education positively.  

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

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