School governors are the largest group of volunteers in education. They support and challenge the Head Teacher, set the strategic direction for the school and monitor and evaluate progress. As members of the school’s governing body, governors have the opportunity to significantly develop their skills and competencies.
A report carried out by The City of London showed that 67 per cent of school governor volunteers had improved influencing and negotiation skills compared with 43 per cent of the total sample. 71 per cent of school governors reported a skills gain in team working in comparison to 43 per cent of the total sample. Volunteers also reported that taking on the role of school governor was extremely useful
for developing hard business skills, such as an increased business awareness and financial skills like planning and budgets*.
SGOSS have also launched a new short film this week, “We’re the people…” which follows four volunteers in their workplaces and shows how they use their skills to support children, education and schools.
SGOSS CEO Liz McSheehy says:
“There is a common misconception that school governors are just parents of children at a school. We wanted to showcase that this volunteer opportunity is all-inclusive and a vital part of school improvement. Becoming a school governor allows a broad range of people to enact real change in education as well as enabling people to develop
practical business skills.”