School Governor (Richmond)

School Governor (Richmond)

Trustee/Governor
J69081
At a glance

Skills

  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Business development / Sales
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Legal
  • General / operations management
  • HR
  • Architecture / Surveying
  • Mentoring / Coaching

Where

Richmond , TW13 4AQ
Mainly at home, or mainly at the office.
Travel limit? No limit

Time

Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month or 0-3 hours / week
Our recent survey found volunteers spend an average of around 7 hours a month on governing duties.

Do you want to be inspired by the impact of education? Schools across Richmond looking for skilled volunteers to support education by becoming school governors.

What will you be doing?

Governing bodies are responsible for the strategic management of a school and will make decisions about a wide range of issues

The core responsibilities involved are:

  • Ensuring accountability
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher
  • Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress
  • Budgetary allocation and control
  • Shaping plans for school improvement and overseeing their implemenation
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Appointing senior members of staff including the Head Teacher

The governing body is usually split in to a small number of committees, each responsible for one area such as finance or pupil achievement. These committees will meet separately from the main governing body to discuss relevant issues in more detail. Discussion is then fed back at a full governing body meeting.

A school governing body is made up of representatives from the school, the parents, the local authority and the local community.

What are we looking for?

You don’t need any specific skills or experience to be a school governor. You must be over 18, but you don’t need to be a parent or have experience working in education. Often, it’s the outside perspective you can bring that a school needs.

Professional experience in areas such as HR, finance, law, or project management are all useful to a school. But soft skills such as leadership, communication, and problem solving are also great additions.

What difference will you make?

Governors make decisions that affect schools for years to come. Our recent impact survey found that our volunteers bring £9.9 million worth of value to schools each year, and 9/10 volunteers would recommend being a governor to a friend. 

As a governor, you can visit the school to gain an understanding of the culture and ethos and to get the most out of the role. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet children, parents, and teachers, and see the impact of your work first-hand.

What's in it for the volunteer?

Volunteering as a school governor is a challenging but rewarding role. As part of the governing board, you’ll:

  • help schools overcome challenges to ensure a bright future for children in your community
  • work collaboratively with people from different backgrounds, challenging your own perspective and broadening your network
  • gain experience outside of your job description and skills you can bring back to work

Before you apply

You will need to complete an application form and will have an interview with the school. DBS checks will be taken up.
Causes
  • Education
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Governors for Schools exists to improve educational standards so that children and young people have the chance to realise their full potential.

     

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