School governance gives university staff and alumni the chance to support lifelong learning for children and young people

We work with universities across England and Wales to appoint their employees and alumni as school governors in local schools.

If you want to find out more about us, the role of a school governor, and how we work with universities, why not read our ‘working with us’ brochure which explains what we do in more detail?

Working with us brochure

Find out more about school governance

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

In our ‘School Governors’ blog series, we provide a whistle-stop tour of school governance. This includes the personal professional development opportunities on offer, and how we support school governors when in role.

This blog gives prospective school governors the information they need to make an informed choice about whether the role is for them. You can share this with your school governor networks, and/or use it as a resource to decide whether you want to work with us.

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Benefits of universities promoting school governance

Universities are in a unique position – not only nurturing the minds of tomorrow, but working with experts across a range of subjects to support students with their studies.

These experts – whether academic or support staff – can make a huge difference in their community by getting involved in school governance. In this blog, we highlight the benefits of universities promoting these opportunities to their staff, alumni, and students.

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Being a school governor in a primary school vs secondary school

This blog post helps to dispel the common misconception that volunteering in one type of school is more rewarding/beneficial than another.

This is a great resource to share with prospective volunteers. They’ll be able to get an understanding of volunteering in both types of schools. In addition to this, they’ll gain a better understanding of the school governor role more widely if they decide to apply.

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How do we work with universities to support university alumni and staff?

  1. We’ll help you set up a school governor network to support staff volunteers in their role as school governors.
  2. Your dedicated point of contact will work with you to encourage staff and alumni to volunteer as school governors. In addition, we’ll support with communications, presentations, and networking events.
  3. We take care of the application process. Your staff liaise directly with your dedicated point of contact at Governors for Schools and we do the rest. This makes the application process for your staff efficient, simple and supported.
  4. See the impact your school governors make, with reports detailing volunteering hours and the number of children to whom your employees are making a difference.
  5. Access to our Skills Development Tracker, which enables your staff to record the time they give, the skills they learn and to reach a bank of resources, which will support them in their role.

Universities we've worked with - Case Studies

The University of Manchester’s School Governor Initiative

We’ve been working with The University of Manchester since 2011 to place their staff and alumni as school governors. University of Manchester alumni support schools across England and Wales, from Newcastle to Dorset and many more places in-between.

Read this case-study to find out how over 30,000 children and young people are benefitting from University of Manchester staff and alumni who’ve become school governors in the past year.

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Durham University - Access and Participation Plans (APP)

Durham University has an established Access and Participation Plan (APP) outlining how school governance can benefit the organisation. The focus being to improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups when it comes to accessing and thriving in higher education.

If you would like to discuss how school governance can fit into your APP, please contact us at [email protected].

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Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education

Governors for Schools is working with London School of Economics to increase attainment in schools through a school governor programme.

Working with TASO, a Theory of Change has been produced to manage the links between placing staff and alumni onto school governing boards, and the benefits this brings to pupils. Click the title to find out more.

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Work with us

To get in touch about working with us, please email Charles Western at [email protected] where you can learn more about how we could work together.

Working with us brochure

Want to find out more about who we are, the role of a school governor, and how we work with universities? Why not read our 'working with us' brochure which explains what we do in more detail?