School governors

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

What is the time commitment?

Governing boards usually meet together once or twice a term. Most governing boards also have committees with a particular focus, for example, Resources (finance, staffing and buildings), and Achievement (pupil progress, attainment etc). If you do have a particular expertise, this is where your skills could be of use.

You may also volunteer to work alongside a member of staff who has a specific responsibility, for example, safeguarding or special educational needs and disability.

The time commitment varies between governors and schools, but you can expect to spend around six to eight hours per month on your duties.