School Governor - Voluntary Position
City of Wolverhampton Council
Appointment status: This is a fixed term appointment for a maximum of four years from the date of appointment
Hours: We are looking for someone who can attend approximately six full governing body meetings per academic year and around six committee meetings per year. Meetings are held in school, usually on an evening but some schools hold meetings during the day. These meetings are usually around 2 hours long.
Governors also spend time in school during the day, around two visits per term.
Salary: This is a voluntary and unpaid appointment
Being a school governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.
Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. As a governor you will be a volunteer who makes a vital contribution to the success of the school. School governors have three main roles. Governors ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. The governing body helps to set long-terms plans for the school, decide where improvements need to be made and how to make them.
Governors hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the effective and efficient performance management of staff. The governing body looks at the quality of education being offered and ensures the head is doing everything possible to improve results.
Governors oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent. Governors examine budgets and spending proposals to monitor whether the school is getting value for money and ensure the money is spent in the right areas.
This role may be particularly of interest if you have skills in finance/accounting, human resources, data or education but we invite applications from anyone who is interested in helping the school be the best it can be – having a diverse group of people on the governing body is vital to ensure that all viewpoints of stakeholders are taken.
Full training is available, and governors are encouraged to attend regular training sessions, either in person or online.
As a Governor, you will be able to:
- Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations • Develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment
- Make a valuable contribution to education and your community
- Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff
- Bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights into decision-making in the interests of the school community.
Anyone aged over 18 can be a governor and you do not need to be a parent.
All governors will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Remember, there is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the desire to support school, education, and have time to contribute.
There are currently a number of vacancies across the City.
For an application pack, please contact Sarah McElduff, School Governance Coordinator Sarah.email@example.com
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