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Transform the lives of children, become a governor

Governors have an important role in our schools and by becoming a governor, can transform the lives of children and young people by improving educational standards. But if you wonder what you’d have to do or if you are eligible to be a governor, check out an upcoming online recruitment event for the answers.

On Thursday, 7 March from 6-8pm, come and join us. Meet representatives from local schools who are looking for governors, ask questions of current governors, find out about training from Ealing Council officers who support the governor service and find the best match for you with a local school.

Don’t have to be a parent

Governors do not need to have connections to a school unless they wish to become a parent governor. They are representative of the local population and bring a range of valuable and useful skills and experience with them. At the time of national crisis, support and advice to headteachers is of the highest importance.

Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for a fairer start said: “You learn so many skills when you become a school governor and the skills you bring to a school are invaluable. You do need to have a commitment to ensuring excellent outcomes for local children and a willingness to learn and contribute.”

Governorship is about ensuring a clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction for the school. The board of governors support the headteacher and senior management team, but also hold them to account and make decisions about budgets and resources.

‘Play an active role’

The average time commitment is around 6 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 Nagpal added: “Become a school governor and play an active role in in improving outcomes for young people across the borough.

“You’ll get fantastic support and training that will prepare you so you can carry out the core functions, and it provides great networking opportunities.”

Interested? Find out more

So, if you want more information on becoming a school governor and wondered what it involves, find out the facts at the information event on Thursday, 7 March from 6pm. Register by emailing Shima.Begum@governorsforschools.org.uk.

You can also check out Naeem Younis’ school governor story on Facebook.

For more about becoming a governor, visit the council’s website.

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