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Interested in volunteering as a school governor in Birmingham?

Schools in Birmingham are seeking skilled and motivated volunteers who are committed to improving education and making a positive difference to children’s futures.

Anyone aged over 18 can apply.

School governors are the most important volunteer workforce in education. It is a rewarding role that provides an excellent opportunity for personal development in a unique environment.

Volunteers are able to develop many skills such as project management, recruitment and selection, budget control and data analysis together with acquiring board-level strategic leadership skills and the experience of working as a senior team.

A full training programme is available and an advice team is on hand to provide support and guidance. A copy of the training programme can be found on the Governor Training page by following this link.

School governors have the right to reasonable time off from work for their public duties. Some companies allow paid time off, so check with your employer.

Why should you do it?

As well as providing you with an opportunity to develop new and existing skills, being a governor provides an insight into the education system and an opportunity to work alongside a wide range of people. Your support and challenge will make a positive difference to a school in Birmingham and the outcomes for children at that school.

What’s involved?

The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

How you will spend your time as a governor

The role of the school governor can be demanding but very rewarding. Under usual circumstances, you should expect to spend between 10 and 20 days a year on your governing responsibilities; the top end of this commitment equates to about half a day per week in term time. If you don’t have that time to spare then the role probably isn’t for you. Activities include:

  • Undertaking training in the role. All Local Authority nominated governors are required to undertake induction training.
  • Attending meetings of the governing body of your school, usually outside of school hours.
  • Reading reports and papers and keeping up to date on the progress that the school is making.
  • Visiting the school from time to time during the school day.

What's expected of you

All governors must have:

  • a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children
  • the inquisitiveness to question and analyse;
  • the willingness to learn;
  • good inter-personal skills;
  • appropriate levels of literacy in English (unless a governing body is prepared to make special arrangements);
  • sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data.

Birmingham City Council also expects all governors serving at maintained schools and Local Authority governors serving on the Governing Body of an Academy to abide by the Nolan principles of public office and to adhere to the requirements of Birmingham City Council’s Model Code of Conduct for Governing Bodies.

How to apply

If you would like to apply become a Local Authority nominated governor you can complete and return the application form and skills audit attached below. Before completing an application form you should download and read the attached documents which outline the procedure for nomination and provides important information about the role of governor.

The skills audit form will be used to help match you to a suitable vacancy.

If you require any assistance in completing your application, or if you require any further information about school governance you can contact School and Governor Support.

NB. Birmingham City Council supports the view of the National Governors Association that, unless there are genuinely exceptional circumstances, it is not good practice for a governor to serve on more than two governing bodies at any one time. Therefore, it will not approve the nomination of an applicant currently serving on two governing bodies to serve as a LA representative governor.