How to get involved
With schools and colleges becoming increasingly autonomous, the role of governing bodies has never been more important. Inspiring Governance is an exciting new free service which now connects skilled volunteers interested in joining governing bodies and with vacancies in schools and colleges. It also provides additional free expert bespoke support for volunteers and governing boards as well as for employers wanting to run governance volunteering programmes for their staff. It is run by the charity Education and Employers in partnership with the National Governors’ Association working closely with Academy Ambassadors, the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Association of Head Teachers and other key partners.
The Inspiring Governance service is supported and funded by the Department for Education until at least 2020.
Over 3,000 volunteers have already signed up online and recruiting boards can search quickly and easily for the skills and experience they need. Hands on support is also available where it is not possible to make matches online.
Inspiring Governance uses the Inspiring the Future online technology which already engages over 6,000 schools and 30,000 volunteers registered across the country. Since it launched in 2012 over a million young people have engaged with employer volunteers, some 10,000 interactions per week.
As part of the Inspiring Governance service, the National Governors’ Association is providing free support and expert guidance for newly appointed governors/trustees via a dedicated helpline, as well as through induction materials and online guidance. The Association is also providing governing boards with free help and advice on the recruitment of chairs.