Interested in becoming a school governor?

Find out more about how to help school staff and Head Teachers to ensure that children and young people get the best from schools, by becoming a school governor.

What does the role involve?

Governors, the UK’s largest voluntary workforce. They are formed on an identified skills base and work as a team to support the school to improve educational standards and life chances for children and young people. The role focuses on three key areas:-

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The term of office is for a four-year period. Meetings are held each term, some governing boards work with one full governing board meeting plus committees, for example, finance, pupils and personnel, strategic development while other governing boards work with a full governing board two meetings per term model, based on business and standards. Governors are expected to attend full governing body meetings and can choose the committees which best fits their skills and expertise.

What support will I get?

To support and develop governors we provide a professional clerking service, and a comprehensive governor training and development package to schools and academies. We also provide advice and support via telephone, email and virtual platform (if required).

Who can become a governor?

We need people who have energy, enthusiasm, commitment, skills and a genuine interest in education. No previous experience or knowledge is not a barrier, we provide all the support you need.

What are the benefits?

The role can provide opportunities to develop your knowledge, skills and experience in areas such as education policy, financial management, interviewing and chairing skills and speaking in public. You will work as part of a team and have countless opportunities to network with other governors, sharing ideas, experiences and best practice. 

How can I find out more?

We are here to help with any queries you may have about becoming a governor. Please email or call us on 0115 876 4589.

How can I apply?

Download application form here

Contact Us

School Governors Team
Nottingham City Council
Learning and Transformation
Loxley House,
Station Street
NG2 3NG 

Tel: 0115 876 4589

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