Schools do incredible things…

…to educate young people and help them become compassionate and well-rounded citizens. However, they can’t do this job alone.

School governors help to shape school policies and aims, allowing teachers to focus on delivering high-quality educational experiences. Effective governance can positively impact a child’s experience of education.

Over a third of schools in England have one or more vacancies on their governing boards, leaving them without the skills needed to make the right decisions.

Can you help?

How we work with volunteers at Governors for Schools

Start your school governor journey

Apply to become a school governor by completing our online form. First, tell us about the skills and expertise you could bring to a school. Then, we’ll assign you a dedicated partnership manager to guide you through the placement process.

We’ll match your skillset to a school in need, so you can be sure you’re having a positive impact and making a difference to children.

Apply to become a school governor

Support from your first day

The majority of our volunteers are first-time school governors without any previous education experience. Often, this outside perspective can drive effective change in schools. However, we know joining a board can feel daunting. We’ve developed eLearning modules on a number of topics to help you get up to speed on key elements of the role.

We also hold regular webinars so you can continue your learning and have the opportunity to ask questions.

New school governors receive exclusive access to guidance and resources. You’ll receive 12 months’ free access to online school governor resource and knowledge bank The Key – so you can be confident in your decision making.

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How we work with schools at Governors for Schools

We support schools across England and Wales, from maintained schools to large MATs, to find highly skilled school governors or trustees for their boards.

Register a vacancy using our online form and specify the skills and attributes you’re looking for. We’ll then find a volunteer that best matches your requirements.

Read how our process works

How we work with our partners

We support corporations across England and Wales to get their employees into governance, building connections with local communities and supporting professional development.

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We also work with a number of universities to encourage both staff and alumni to volunteer as school governors.

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Impact of our work at Governors for Schools

Governors for Schools was a vital resource for me, effectively filling the gaps on our governing board. They found professional people with the time, skills and expertise I felt the school would benefit from.

Louise Drew, Headteacher at Benthal Primary School

Being a school governor gives you a sense of belonging to the community. I’ve been able to challenge my own learning and understanding.

Sally Barrett, school governor in Wythenshawe, South Manchester

Our recent impact report found that 9 out of 10 of our volunteers would recommend the role to a friend, while 86% said that they enjoy or love the role.

Read more about the impact we have