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Can you be the governor?

School governors can transform the lives of children and young people by improving educational standards. If you are interested in being a governor find out more by going to a special recruitment evening being held at Ealing Town Hall on Wednesday (27 March).

Current governors, council officers and representatives from schools looking to recruit new governors will be there to talk about what is involved, training available, answer any questions and help find the best match for you with a local school.

Governors do not need to have connections to a school unless they wish to become a parent governor.

Anyone interested in volunteering just needs to make a commitment to improving the outcomes for young people and have a willingness to learn.  On average, the total time commitment is around six to 10 days per year and employers should give employees who are school governors reasonable time off to carry out their duties.

Councillor Yvonne Johnson, deputy leader and the council’s cabinet member for schools and children’s services, 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

“You learn so many skills when you become a school governor and the skills you can bring to a school are invaluable.”

See a video interview with Tan Afzal, governor at Dormers Wells School, to find out more about what it is like to be a school governor.g

To find out more on being a school governor, go along to the recruitment evening at Ealing Town Hall between 6.30-8pm on Wednesday, 27 March.

For more information please e-mail governors@ealing.gov.uk.

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