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   School Governors Required    17 August, 2015

Education charity SGOSS – Governors for Schools is calling on residents of North Somerset to become school governors in order to support local schools and ensure the area’s young people receive the best possible education. If you are looking for a way to support young people in your community and challenge yourself by developing your skills in a new context for only a few hours per month, becoming a governor could be the perfect volunteering opportunity for you.

Schools throughout North Somerset are seeking new governor volunteers from a variety of different professional backgrounds. Governing Bodies play a crucial part in raising school standards in three key capacities: setting strategic direction, monitoring school performance and ensuring the school’s finances are appropriately accounted for. Governors offer a fresh pair of eyes, as well as professional knowledge and skills.

From this, it’s easy to see exactly why school governors are so important: governors make schools accountable to the communities they serve and help to ensure that they provide the best possible education for their pupils in an environment where teachers and support staff thrive. As Sir Michael Wilshaw, HM Chief Inspector with Ofsted has said: “without strong and effective governance, our schools simply won’t be as good as they can be.”[1]

“Schools in more rural or coastal areas can struggle to recruit volunteers for their governing bodies,” reports Hannah Riley, an Area Manager at SGOSS – Governors for Schools. “Being a school governor is a learn-on-the-job role with free training provided where you will pick up skills that can be transferred back into your professional career. We would urge anyone with an interest in driving improvement in local education and enhancing their own skills to get in touch and find out more.”

At the time of going to press, SGOSS are aware of over 100 vacancies in schools in and around North Somerset, including at Banwell Primary School. The governing bodies are looking for a variety of professional skills: everything from finance to HR, legal to marketing. However, most importantly, these schools are seeking governors who live and work in the local and surrounding community and are passionate about committing to helping schools deliver the best possible education.

Ready to go back to school? To learn more about how you can help drive educational excellence in North Somerset, please visit www.becomeagovernor.com or contact Jill McAusland on 020 7288 9537 / jill.mcausland@sgoss.org.uk.

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