How we work with schools
We support all types of state-funded schools and academies, higher education colleges, pupil referral units (PRUs) and state-funded nurseries in finding governors free of charge.Register your governor vacancy
An outline of our process
- Register your governor vacancies online. Here you can specify the desirable skills or expertise you’re looking for in volunteers.
- Your dedicated Partnerships Manager will find volunteers in your school’s local area who best match your requirements. They can also look for volunteers from other areas who could support the board remotely.
- If both you and the volunteer are interested in moving forward, we’ll make an introduction via email.
- You can then arrange a meeting with the volunteer(s) at the school to talk more about the role.
We work with independent schools to find governors for their school boards but please note, there is a cost to this service.
Due to differences in the education system, we aren’t able to work with schools in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
Show your commitment to recruiting skilled and diverse governors
A diverse governing board is a stronger board, reflecting school communities and the wider country. In 2020, over 30% of our volunteers were from BAME backgrounds, and over 65% were under 45, not to mention having diverse skills, life experiences, and perspectives.
Add our quality mark to your school’s website to show your board’s commitment to finding skilled and diverse governors through an independent organisation. It’s an assurance to all those in your school community that the board values diverse governance – and is doing all it can to make governance as robust as possible.
Every school that finds a governor through us will receive the quality mark to display on their website.
Increasing the racial diversity of governing boards
Diverse boards help ensure effective governance, which leads to improved educational outcomes for children.
We recognise the importance of diverse boards so that decisions are made robustly with input from people with a variety of lived experiences – as well as varied skills. It’s also vital that children see people of all backgrounds in board-level positions.
Read and download the summary of our panel about increasing diversity of race on school governing boards.
The summary includes things for your board to consider before recruiting governors, alongside ways to recruit and retain BAME volunteers.
Finding governors through Governors for Schools
30% of all Governors for Schools volunteers are from a BAME background. Where we can, we will help your board find someone who can bring the skills you need alongside the diversity.
Volunteers who don’t live in the school’s local area can join the board through remote governance. By joining meetings remotely through video calls, they can bring their skills to schools struggling to fill vacancies, and offer an outside perspective.
Remote governance enables schools to:
- Improve the board’s diversity
- Find a particular skill set that current volunteers don’t have
- Gain the experience and perspective from someone outside the community
While remote governors will attend board meetings virtually, the skills they bring and the difference they could make will be tangible.
Indicate your interest in remote governance when you register a vacancy, or speak to your Partnerships Manager about how remote governance could add to your board.
Terms of our service
Our ambition is to ensure every school in England and Wales has excellent governance, which drives improved outcomes for all children and young people. We want to help as many schools and volunteers as possible – but we can only do this with support from the schools we work with.
To help us deliver the high level of service we hold ourselves to, we ask that when registering your vacancy you make every effort to respond to volunteers we introduce you to within our agreed timeframe of two weeks.
If you’re not interested in moving forward with a volunteer, please let us know as soon as possible. We’re then able to find another opportunity for the volunteer who can help another school.
If your requirements change or if your vacancy is no longer available, please get in touch. We can then update or pause our search for suitable volunteers.