Becoming a Governor

Academy/school governors are volunteers who work together with the Headteacher and the Trust to improve the education and other outcomes for the students. You could become a school Governor if you are aged 18 or over and;

  • Want to make a difference to the education of local children
  • Can get on with people and work as part of a team, have some time to give to attend meetings, read necessary paperwork, get involved in the school events etc
  • Are ready to learn and are open to new ideas
  • Are willing to challenge where required
  • Are willing to put something back into your local community and sometimes spread your good ideas into other communities.

School governors represent the largest volunteer workforce in the country with approximately 1% of the adult population serving in this capacity at any one time.

What About Time Off Work To Be A Governor?

Many employers encourage staff to become school Governors. They realise that the skills gained from being a Governor are transferable to the workplace. As this is a public duty, you are entitled to reasonable time off, although not necessarily with pay, school governors have a legal right to reasonable unpaid leave from their employer.

The benefits to you and your employer of becoming a governor include:

  • A chance to develop skills in a strategic management role
  • The opportunity to work with a team of Governors and staff in improving schools
  • Training to develop an understanding of specific school management issues
  • The pleasure of helping young people to reach their full potential

What Qualifications Do Governors Need ?

You don’t officially need any qualifications to be a school governor. We are keen to attract certain skills sets and have a skills audit annually to guide us, but energy, drive, commitment, experience and fresh ideas are key for us. Governors bring a range of experience and interests from many walks of life. They need to work closely with others to make good decisions and ensure decisions are followed up. A key role of the Governor is to hold the management team to account robustly and effectively. For this, we seek Governors who have a questioning mind and are diplomatic. To contribute effectively Governors need to analyse written material and data sets to quickly identify key lines of inquiry to drive school improvement, they must ,therefore, have a high level of literacy and numeracy.

Will I Get Any help?

Lydiate Learning Trust offers a comprehensive induction programme and provides a mentor in the early days for new Governors. We value the contribution our Governors make and truly appreciate them. As a result, we evaluate training needs with the individual and aim to provide high quality individual training and support. A regular newsletter and training programme is sent to all of our Governors to keep them up to date of developments in education and current best practice. A priority driven training programme is also developed annually and delivered by in house specialists or by our external governor training team from RM Governance. New initiatives that come on board throughout the year sometimes also require additional training. Lastly, Chairs of Governors have enhanced training following DFE training and can follow the National Leader Of Governance (NLG)training as appropriate.


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