What school governors do

Governors sit on the school's governing board and work with the headteacher. They're responsible for the strategic goals, while the headteacher implements them and manages the school from day to day. The governors:

  • set the overall vision and direction of the school
  • oversee the budget
  • help recruit staff
  • monitor the performance of the school, for example through exams and key stage tests
  • advise on school policies and procedures

School governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. They don't need to be education experts or have formal qualifications.

What you need to commit to

If you become a governor you need to:

  • take part in regular governors' meetings, usually 6 times a year with extra committee meetings
  • spend some time on training and getting to know the school
  • occasionally sit on appointment panels, or panels that handle staff or pupil discipline issues or complaints against the school

Supported by free training

By committing a small amount of time each month, you'll have the satisfaction of becoming part of a team involved in running the school. You'll get full, free training and you'll always act as part of a team. You don't need particular experience or qualifications and anyone over 18 can apply.

Apply to become a school governor

After reading the guide, you're interested in applying to become a governor, contact the school first. They will let you know of any current vacancies and tell you how to apply. 

If you don't have a specific school in mind, or have more questions, contact the Governor Services team.

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