She spent a week with GovernorHub and The Key for School Governor's content team in July, learning all about how they research, write, proof and publish articles, and then it was over to her!
We were really impressed with her article, looking at an important issue in the governance sector and are pleased to share it here.
You may not be familiar with this word. Simply put, ‘governance’ is a layer of leadership in every school.
The ‘governing board’ is a group of people that work with a school’s headteacher and other leaders on
Governors lead schools. So who better to lead schools than those of us who just left them? There aren’t any qualifications to be a governor other than being 18 or older and really wanting to make a difference.
As a young governor, you’ll work with senior leaders to support teachers and make schools better. By doing this, you’ll also:
You might feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the idea of sitting on a governing board, where most of the people around you will be older and have more experience. But believe me – schools need to hear voices like yours, and those people around you know that you have important things to say.
Your more recent school experiences put you at an advantage over older governors, as you are:
Most governing boards aren’t just missing young governors. They’re also lacking in diversity across:
You can always just ring up a local school (or even your previous school) and speak to the chair of governors. You’ll find contact details on every school’s website (it’s the law).
You can also reach out to governor recruiting organisations like:
These organisations will guide you through or the chair of the board might set up a meeting with you to talk to you about your interests about being on the board. Application processes vary throughout so it is important you contact the organisations first for more details.