you want to be inspired by the impact of education? Schools across Essex are looking for
skilled volunteers to support education by becoming school governors.
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
- Holding the headteacher or school leadership to account
- Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress
- Budgetary allocation and control
- Shaping plans for school improvement and overseeing their implementation
- Setting the school’s aims and values
senior members of staff including the Head Teacher
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.
Governors perform the most important voluntary role in education and a full and diverse governing body can be a source of enormous strength to a school.
Governors provide an external perspective and an ability to challenge assumptions and look for the best solutions. They bring enthusiasm, experience and expertise from other areas of life and can act together as a well-balanced group of people to effectively support the Head Teacher and staff to drive the school forward.
Volunteering as a governor is a great way to contribute to your local community, meet new people and improve the lives of local children. You will develop transferable skills and learn more about the education system whilst putting existing skills and experience to good use. Full training is available.
What skills do I need?
You don’t need to be an experienced professional – it’s about attitude as well as expertise. School governing boards need skilled people to help them run effectively, but both hard and soft skills are needed around the table. Whether you’ve spent 20 years as an accountant or are in the earlier days of your career, schools need soft skills such as problem solving or negotiation as much as specific expertise.
- Data Protection policy
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer policy
Schools should have their own individual volunteer policy.
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 08/10/2020
End Date: 08/08/2022
Seven hours a month, on average. This could vary depending on the school / how much time you have to give. Volunteers are expected to attend 2 board meetings per school term which take place in the day or the evening (depending on the school).
This opportunity is available Countywide.