Birmingham City Council Launches Governor Recruitment Week

By on 18/03/2013 in Cllr Jones, News

Birmingham City Council has organised a week of activities aimed at recruiting volunteers from the public and private sectors to serve on school governing bodies.  

The recruitment week includes promotional events at council buildings and private businesses and is being run in partnership with the School Governors’ One Stop Shop (SGOSS).  SGOSS is an independent charity set up by the Department for Education dedicated to recruiting volunteers to serve on school governing bodies across England. 

There are an estimated 300,000 unpaid school governors that make up the largest volunteer workforce in the UK.  Anyone over 18 years old 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. 

Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Children and Family Services, Cllr Brigid Jones said:  “School governors are the most important volunteer workforce in education and being a governor is a unique development opportunity that enhances employment prospects through experience gained.  We are delighted to be working with the School Governors' One Stop Shop to recruit skilled and enthusiastic volunteers who will make a positive difference at our schools.” 

Debbie O’Leary is a community governor at a Birmingham primary school.   She has a wealth of governance experience spanning a number of years.  She previously spent eight years at a primary school with two years in the Chair and two and a half years in a nursery with one year in the Chair.  Her roles have developed her skills in recruitment, analysing data, fact finding tasks, disciplinaries and public speaking.  Debbie said:  “I love working with people who are driven by the desire to give something back. I believe school governors are amazing people who should be respected and never taken for granted.” 

Governor Recruitment Week starts on Monday 18 March 2013.  For further information about becoming a school governor visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/school-governors email governors@birmingham.gov.uk or telephone 464 3572.

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