Today marks the launch of the third term of our ‘All pupils, every ambition’ campaign. In the coming weeks, we’ll explore the theme of ‘enriched education’, looking beyond academic attainment to consider the importance of nurturing well-rounded citizens. We’ll explore how schools can boost pupils’ ‘soft skills’ such as creativity, assertiveness, and teamwork, as well as the role governors can play in supporting learning outside of the classroom.

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, schools have faced several unprecedented challenges regarding pupil support and development. Understandably, public discourse and media coverage have largely focused on pupils’ academic progress and exam results. However, while driving attainment and helping pupils catch up on missed teaching is vital, schools often struggle to balance academic pressures with the need to provide holistic educational experiences and help children build cultural capital.

On top of the difficulties caused by the pandemic, there are currently thousands of governor vacancies across England and Wales waiting to be filled by enthusiastic volunteers. As a result, many schools are not receiving the help they need to drive strategic change and pupils are missing out on opportunities to develop the ‘soft skills’ necessary to become well-rounded citizens. Governors for Schools strives to address this problem and improve educational outcomes for all young people.

Throughout the term, we’ll consider how governors can support schools in developing more effective student enrichment strategies. We’ll cover a variety of topics, including best practices in personal, social, health, and economic (PSHE) education, promoting participation in the arts, and the value in organising trips and inviting guests to speak to pupils.

Resources for this term will offer valuable insights for both prospective and existing governors, as well as education professionals more generally. We’ll publish several articles in conjunction with relevant partner organisations and host engaging webinars featuring speakers with expertise in providing enriching educational experiences.

‘All pupils, every ambition’ is about filling governing boards with committed and informed individuals looking to enhance opportunities for all children and young people. We believe that people from a wide range of professions and backgrounds can help improve educational standards.

We’ll support new governors with training and resources to make sure that you’re equipped to make an impact from your first day in the role.

Interested in getting involved?

Apply to become a governor and we’ll match your skills with a school in need.

Find out more about the All pupils, every ambition campaign.