Who can become a school governor, how to become one and other useful information about the role of governors.
Information about the role of school governor can be found on the document available below:
What does a governor do? (pdf 79kb opens in new window)
A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of their election or appointment. A person cannot hold more than one governorship at the same school. Registered pupils cannot be governors.
A person is disqualified from being a governor or associate member if they:
If you have an interest in education and the future of our young people, then volunteering as a governor is a fantastic way to make a huge contribution to our schools within the East Riding. In addition to helping drive educational progress and attainment in your local community, you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your own skills which will also benefit you in both your personal and professional life.
You can become a school governor by:
Schools organise elections and tell parents and staff about them, but you can always ask a school whether there are vacancies on the governing body.
You can also complete and submit a local authority school governor application form, available to download below:
Local Authority School Governor Application Form (word 48kb opens in new window)
If you feel that this is the role for you, then please contact:
Senior governor support officer Tel: (01482) 392446 Email: email@example.com
No. Schools need governors from all walks of life with a wide mix of skills and relevant experience who can make a significant contribution to the running of their school.
We passionately believe that the best run schools are those with the highly skilled governors who can both hold schools to account and direct their future path. It is essential that governing boards recruit and develop governors with the skills to deliver their core functions effectively.
In order to contact the governors of your child's school you will need to get in touch with the school in the first instance and they will make the contact on your behalf. You will not be able to contact the governors directly, but the school will treat your contact in confidence where appropriate and act as a mediary.
If you need to make a complaint about a school and involve governors you will need to follow the school's complaints procedure.
There are local authority documents and information available to school governors via the council's education website, eRiding:
eRiding Education - Governors' Finance (external council website)
The East Riding Safeguarding Children Board website provides information on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area:
East Riding Safeguarding Children Board (external council website)
The Governor's Association through Hull and East Riding (GAtHER) are a small independent group of experienced governors drawn from governing bodies of schools across the City of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.
If you are serving as a governor in a school or college, here you would find information and support to help you in carrying out your very important role:
GAtHER (external website)
Developed by the Eastern Leadership Centre (ELC) in partnership with local authority governor service managers and governance consultants, Governor E-Learning (GEL) is an online learning experience providing school governors with a flexible way to access information and training.
GEL supplies high quality, accurate and value-for money learning through learning modules, supporting documents and hot topics. Together these ensure the required support is available to you at your convenience to enable you to be an effective Governor:
Governor e-Learning (GEL) (external website)
The Hull and East Riding Prospectus is run jointly by Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, supported by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, and provides a prospectus of education, learning and training opportunities in Hull and East Riding for young people aged 14 to 19:
Log on move on (external website)
Fischer Family Trust is a reporting and date tool for schools, local authorities and academy chains, and provides key target setting and school performance evaluation using the latest curriculum and accountability measures, allowing in depth analysis to support future planning:
Fischer Family Trust (external website)
RAISEonline enables schools to analyse performance data in greater depth as part of the self evaluating process, by providing a common set of analyses and contextual information about the school including comparisons to schools nationally:
RAISEonline (external website)
The Department for Education website offers information on issues affecting people in England up to the age of 19, including child protection and education:
Department for Education (external website)
The National Governors' Association (NGA) are an independent charity that aims to support and promote good governance in our schools; they do this through lobbying, via a range of contacts with ministers, policy makers and education organisations:
National Governors' Association (NGA) (external website)
The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) is a non-ministerial department of the UK government. Ofsted inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages:
Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) (external website)
Yes. The Department for Education (DfE) released a Governance Handbook in November 2015 which can be accessed here:
Governance handbook November 2015 (pdf 1.15mb opens in new window)
Yes. The latest policies for governors from the local authority can be on the local authority policies for school governors page.
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