Schools Need School Governors

Being a school governor is very rewarding. It's a way of making sure that all our children have the very best opportunities available. This is an opportunity to put something back into your community, to make a difference. Norfolk currently has over 700 governor vacancies in various categories in schools across the county.

School governors do not need to have any special qualification, have a high-powered job or be a parent - in fact the most important quality is a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education and be willing to work as part of a team. The best governing bodies are often made up from a wide mix of people from all walks of life, allowing different opinions, skills and fresh ideas that can benefit a school. In recognition of this need, national charity School Governors" One-Stop Shop (SGOSS) has teamed up with Norfolk County Council in a new drive to encourage local people to volunteer as school governors.

School governors represent the largest group of volunteers in the country and are essential to the success of our schools. Acting as a 'critical friend' to the head teacher, governors provide strategic management and support. They are involved in making a range of important decisions about how a school is run. from managing its budget to appointing senior staff and planning for a school's future.
People frequently ask how much time is needed to be an effective governor and are often surprised to find that the a\ erage time commitment is just 6-8 hours per term, which allows volunteers to attend meetings, visit the school, and do the paperwork. New governors are also expected to attend a one day free induction course, essential to help them understand their role.

Each governing body is made up of parents, staff, local authority representatives and community governors, the latter bringing an external perspective and passion for their area, complementing the standpoint of other governors and adding their own value to the education system. Whilst the dedication of school governors adds enormous value to local schools, there are also clear benefits in terms of personal development. The role gives volunteers an opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills, work in a team and meet new people whilst developing a new awareness of the education system.

SGOSS works in partnership with Norfolk County Council and provides a free service working with local schools, businesses and community groups in Norfolk to place new governor volunteers where they are most needed. Contact Pam Richardson, SGOSS Tel:  0207 288 3539, Pamala.richardson@sgoss.org.uk or visit www.sgoss.org.uk.