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Becoming a school governor

By becoming a governor you will have an opportunity to broaden your skills and make an important contribution to the development of a school. You may become involved in issues as diverse as site management, marketing, pupil welfare, curriculum development, HR or finance.

Training is offered locally to build personal skills and boost confidence in the role. Volunteer governors do not have to be parents, nor do they need first-hand experience of the education system.

The University will support staff in finding a placement through our partnerships with 

1. Governors for Schools, an independent charity dedicated to recruiting volunteers to serve on school governing bodies across England.

2. Inspiring Governance, a charity run by the Education and Employers Taskforce in partnership with the National Governors’ Association

Staff can opt to register with one or both of these organisations in order to maximise their success in finding a volunteer role on a governing body.

Contacts for the two organisations are as follows:

Emma Harris

Area Manager at Governors for Schools on:

  • Tel: 07935 829517
  • Email:


Claire Wedderman

Inspiring Governance Regional Manager on:

  • Tel: 07715201855

  • Email:‎



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