Become a Governor in Suffolk

Description of the role:

School governors can transform the lives of children and young people by improving education standards. Working as a team, governors support and challenge senior school leadership. Their professional skills and expertise are harnessed to make strategic decisions that improve the learning environment and future prospects for children in schools.

What does a school governor do?

Governors are responsible for overseeing the management side of a school: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They enable their school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside senior leaders and supporting teachers to provide excellent education to children.

Being a school governor is a commitment to attending governing body meetings which consider issues such as setting the school vision, mitigating financial risk and scrutinising educational outcomes. They are also involved in the school community, acting as critical friends to the headteacher and senior leaders.

Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the governing board and schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers, for example anyone with experience of finance, law, premises management or human resources. A governor with business know-how can transform the running of a school.

Opportunity Activities: Advice, Information and Support, Business, Management and Research, Community Work, Fundraising, Trusteeship and Committee Work
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

Volunteers need to be dedicated people who care about improving education, but they do not need prior board experience. It makes the role perfect for professionals looking to improve their business and leadership skills, give back to society and enhance children’s futures.

What skills will be learned / gained?

Being a school governor is a chance to experience leadership at board level at any point in one’s career. Governors balance the school’s budget, hire the headteacher and make strategic decisions. The role provides individuals with the opportunity to develop and hone skills such as negotiation, influencing and teamwork.

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: Yes
Details of restriction:


Mandatory training required for role: No
Extra information:

Becoming a school governor through Governors for schools you will be able to access our FREE support package:
- Training support via a suite of high quality e-learning modules
- Regular Business Governor Network events with a range of guest speakers and topics (webinar option).
- 6 months online support and advice from The Key for School Governors (This is offered both to volunteers and their governing body once appointed)

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Governors for Schools

This opportunity is no longer accepting expressions of interest.