School governors

Use this guide to learn more about what a school governor’s role is, and apply to become a school governor.

What skills do I need?

All governing boards can benefit from expertise and experience in analysing data, budgeting, driving financial efficiency and performance management of staff and other employment issues. However, relevant skills may include important personal attributes, qualities and capabilities, such as the ability and willingness to learn and develop new skills.

The ability to work constructively within a committee structure is essential, and willingness to chair meetings and provide leadership is welcomed.

All governors should:

  • be prepared to contribute to discussions and offer challenge and support to the headteacher, but be sensitive to the pressures under which they work
  • have an interest in education and the welfare of children
  • be willing to learn and attend relevant training
  • have good interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills
  • have a respect for confidentiality
  • be committed to equality of opportunity
  • be willing to fulfil their role with energy and enthusiasm and be able to commit to attend governors’ meetings regularly.