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Interested in volunteering as a school governor in Birmingham?

School governors are the most important volunteer workforce in education. Anyone aged 18 or over can volunteer and no specific qualifications are needed.

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.

Volunteering as a school governor is a unique development opportunity that will enhance your employment prospects and CV through the experience that you gain in areas such as project management, recruitment and selection, budget control and data analysis.

School governors have the right to reasonable time off from work for their public duties. You may not be paid for this so check with your HR Department.

Why should you do it?

As well as providing you with 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, which 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:

  • 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.
  • Undertaking training in the role. All Local Authority nominated governors are required to undertake induction training within 6 months of appointment.
  • Visiting the school from time to time during the school day.

What's expected of you

Birmingham City Council expects all governors serving at maintained schools and Local Authority governors serving on the Governing Body of an Academy to sign a Code of Conduct, and to 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.

How to apply

If you would like to apply become a school governor you can contact the school directly or to apply to be a Local Authority nominated Governor you can contact School and Governor Support or complete and return the application form attached below.

Before completing an application form you should download and read the following documents which outline the procedure for nomination and provides important information about the role of governor: