School Governors (multiple vacancies)
The Wensum Trust are looking for Governors to join our schools' Local Advisory Boards
What is a Governor?
A governor helps schools to run effectively. As members of the Local Advisory Board (LAB), Governors work with Headteachers to plan the direction of a school and how money is spent. They objectively support and challenge the school's leadership.
Why do our schools need Governors?
A Governor's role is pivotal to overseeing and improving the education our children receive. As well as monitoring the school budget, Governors support Headteachers to set the strategic direction of the school and to ensure policies are set appropriately and adhered to.
Who are we looking for?
A Governor is a voluntary position. You don't need to be a parent or have an educational background to join our LABs. A variety of characteristics are attributed to a good Governor, including problem-solving, decisiveness and possessing a positive, proactive attitude. It is often useful if a Governor can bring some professional experience to the board - for example, finance, project management, health and safety or holding a position on an existing board. However, this is by no means essential and we encourage a diverse representation.
Governors can be from the local community (co-opted), from the local authority (e.g. NHS, emergency services) or parents of existing pupils.
What training is available?
All Governors have inductions, mentoring, mandatory training (such as safeguarding) as well as a vast range of free online and face-to-face training opportunities, much of which is useful in any line of work.
How much time would you need to commit to the role?
Governors would need to attend 6 LAB meetings a year - usually in the evenings, during term time. These meetings are currently held online and usually last 2 hours. Additionally, there may be in-school observation activities, ad-hoc meetings and training. Governors are appointed for a term of four years. This counts as public duties so employers are required to permit a 'reasonable' amount of time off for governor duties and training. Governors may resign at any time.
What are the benefits?
Being a Governor is a hugely insightful, satisfying and fulfilling role. You will learn how school decisions are made at a strategic level and will be given the opportunity to positively influence the school and, in turn, its children, families and the wider school community.
How to apply?
To find out more, please email Sue Warnes, Lead Governance Professional, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wensum Trust is committed to the protection and safety of children and expects all volunteers to share this commitment. All voluntary roles are subject to satisfactory references, an appropriate Enhanced DBS check and the successful completion of a six month probationary period.