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Case studies - School governors

We asked a few of our Chair of Governors some questions. Find their responses below.

Why I choose to volunteer as a school governor

Tracey

Whilst both my now adult children were making their way through the education system, my only real interest was their education and what it meant for their future, I saw no further than that. However, when my grandchildren came along, particularly my granddaughter for whom my husband and I are the legal guardians, it was a different story. At the stage of choosing schools we didn’t know what, if any issues she would have.  In choosing a school our primary focus, was one that had excellent facilities for children with Special Educational Needs and or Disabilities, as well as focus on the key subjects.

Richard

I volunteered because I believe in the state education system and think it should be overseen by professionals who work with the school senior leadership to create the citizens of the future, equipped with the right skills and behaviours to succeed in life.  I am a product of that system, having attended state primary and secondary schools, progressed to University and been successful in life, partly as a result of the lessons I learned at school. I strongly believe in “putting something back” by helping the next generation to succeed and continuing to develop my skills in a public sector setting.

Caradog

It's a long time ago but I originally became a governor due to there being a vacancy, thinking it would be a good idea given that we would be sending all our children there and our desire to support the school. 

What I like about being a volunteer

Tracey

Having the opportunity to see first-hand the passion, dedication and expertise each member of staff has for each of their pupils, their strive to teach all of our young people the skills that will one day enable them to be our well educated leaders, entrepreneurs, and workforce of the future.

Richard

In my case, I have been lucky enough to be asked to lead 3 governing bodies over my years as a governor. This mirrors some of my experience during my career and allows for some of the best practices I have learned to be brought to bear in the school setting.

Being a governor involves holding the school and their leadership to account, much like the non-executive directors in large companies. We make sure that the outcomes set by the school for their pupils are challenging and are met, that staff are being managed effectively and that the resources we are trusted with are being used wisely.

Caradog

While at the start I was looking to support the school, I developed a passion for education especially for those who find it harder to access or lack support at home.

What does the role involve

Tracey

Each Full Governing Body meetings has an agenda where topics such as Pupil Premium budget spend, pupil attainment and progress, through to end of term data are just some of the subjects discussed throughout the year. Once a year we review our effectiveness, our skills and our plans for the year ahead an important date the diary, our children, our school and our staff needs each governor to be the best they can be, at the end of the day that’s what we strive for in our children.

I can’t speak highly enough of every person that gives up some of their personal life for volunteering, whether that be a governor which I personally recommend, or in any other way. Trust me, it’s highly rewarding.

Richard

Being a governor involves holding the school and their leadership to account, much like the non-executive directors in large companies.  We make sure that the outcomes set by the school for their pupils are challenging and are met, that staff are being managed effectively and that the resources we are trusted with are being used wisely. 

Typically, we suggest governors allocate 5 to 10 hours per month until they want to take on chair or vice chair roles.

If you are looking to develop your skills and have an interest in the citizens of the future, I can highly recommend finding out more from Governor Services at Bracknell Forest Council. It can be challenging, frustrating and difficult, but nearly all governors find it very rewarding.

Caradog

Being a governor has provided a much broader understanding of education and all that goes into it and the challenges schools face to deliver a broad education to the children. 

I enjoy being part of the team supporting schools in enabling this.

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