Are you a resident of Northern Ireland?

Boards of Governors (BoGs) of grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland are comprised of volunteers. These volunteers are nominated or appointed by various representative bodies and includes members of the public appointed by the Department of Education (DE) and the Education Authority (EA).

We’re proud to be linking with DE and EA to further promote school governance opportunities in Northern Ireland. Becoming a school governor is an excellent opportunity to help children and young people in your local community, meet new people, learn new skills and share experience.

Volunteering as a school governor

School governors are volunteers from all backgrounds. They use their skills and experience to support schools in providing the best possible education for every pupil. School governors don’t need to be educational experts or parents to serve on a Board of Governors. In other words, it doesn’t matter whether you have worked in or have children in education, you can become a school governor.

School Governors play a critically important role in the management of a school, alongside school leaders. For instance, they bring qualities such as enthusiasm, commitment, and the ability to work in a team. Above all, they make a genuine difference to the outcomes of children and young people in their schools.

Anyone aged 18 or over can apply, and volunteers from all sections of the community are welcome to submit an application.

Thinking about applying?

Information on the role of the school governor and how to apply is available on the DE website.

Looking for opportunities?

Information on the Education Authority (EA) School Governance Service and how to apply to become an EA School Governor is available here.