Recruiting school governors to find the perfect match

Hosted by Ealing Council and the Governors for Schools organisation (SGOSS), the event will bring together those interested in becoming school governors with representatives from local schools who are looking for new recruits for their governing boards. It provides an opportunity to network with each other to find that perfect match of governor to school.

Current governors and council officers will also be there to talk about the training available and answer any questions.

Governors do not need to have any relevant experience or connection to a school, unless they wish to become a parent governor, in which case they must have a child at the school. However, they do need to have a commitment to ensuring excellent outcomes for local children and a willingness to learn and contribute.

Governors do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school, but they do ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. They support the head teacher and senior management team, but also hold them to account and make decisions about budgets and resources.

The average time commitment is around six to 10 days per year. Employers, under Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, must give employees who are school governors, reasonable time off to carry out their duties.

Councillor Binda Rai, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Governors provide vital support to the borough’s schools. They are representative of the local population and bring a range valuable and useful skills and experience with them. Having been a school governor myself I know that it can be challenging, but hugely satisfying, to play a part in helping a school and its children to thrive.”

Ava Baptiste, who recently became a governor at Stanhope Primary School, said: “I’ve been surprised about the range of things and decisions that I get involved with. I thought it might all be about meetings but it is much more than that.”

More information about being a governor is available on the SGOSS website or on Ealing Grid for Learning. For more information about the event please e-mail ealing@sgoss.org.uk.