Become a school governor

By on 10/10/2013 in News

Anyone with an interest in becoming a school governor is invited to a free open evening on Friday 18 October from 6 - 7pm at the Council House in Victoria Square, Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council's Governor Support Manager, Steve Edmonds, will give a presentation outlining the role of a school governor which will be followed by a Q and A session. 

The 'Get involved in Civic Duty' evening marks the end of Birmingham's Governor Recruitment Week organised by Birmingham City Council in partnership with the School Governors' One Stop Shop (SGOSS) and which includes promotional events throughout the week at city centre locations in both the public and private sectors.

Lisa Martin, who has been school governor at her children's school since 2008 said:  “I have been immensely proud to be an integral part in the drive for school improvement, working closely with governors from all walks of life, school staff and pupils.  I have also been able to undertake training which has helped me not only in my governor role, but also in my personal development.”

There are an estimated 300,000 unpaid school governors that make up the largest volunteer workforce in the UK.  Anyone aged over 18 can apply to become a school governor.  Governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education.  Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Governor Recruitment Week takes place from 14 - 18 October.  For further information about becoming a school governor visit birmingham.gov.uk/school-governors, email governors@birmingham.gov.uk, or call 464 3572.

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For more media information contact Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476 / 078801 80385

Notes to editors

SGOSS is an independent charity set up by the Department of Education dedicated to recruiting volunteers to serve on school governing bodies across England.

Birmingham's School Governor Recruitment Week will include presentations and stands at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Pinsent Masons, Shoosmiths, the Deutsche Bank, Library of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council sites in Woodcock Street, and Lancaster Circus.  It will finish with a presentation evening - 'Get involved in Civic Duty' – at the Council House on Friday 18 October from 6 - 7pm.

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