Become a school governor

School governors need to understand and interpret a wide range of data about the school, including performance and financial information. Therefore school governors with statistical knowledge can help interpret statistical information appropriately and fairly.

Schools and colleges in England and Wales are overseen by boards of governors. Volunteer governors oversee the overall strategy, review the school’s performance and scrutinise the school’s budget.

Governors play an important role in supporting the school and its community, helping to raise standards of education. Volunteering to be a school governor or trustee also provides a great opportunity for personal development.

How to get involved in England

Inspiring Governance is a scheme that matches people who wish to become governors at schools and colleges in England.

Over 250,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds currently volunteer as a school governor and many more are needed. School governing boards need people from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of professional and personal skills. There are no particular qualifications required and anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor or trustee.

Apply online to register your interest in becoming a school or college governor.

The Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools provides information for people interested in joining the governing bodies of schools in the independent sector.

Further opportunities are also listed in our page about becoming a charity trustee.

How to get involved in Wales

Local authorities are responsible for the election process for parent, teacher and staff governors in most schools in Wales. For some voluntary aided and foundation schools, the school’s governing body is responsible. Apply to your local council, or directly to your local school.

How to get involved in Scotland

All parents and carers of children attending a school are automatically members of that school’s parent forum. Most parent forums have chosen to set up a parent council to represent all of the parents. For further details see the ParentZone website or contact your child’s school.

How to get involved in Northern Ireland

Appointment to School Boards of Governors are managed by the Department of Education and the Education Authority. Boards are usually reconstituted every four years, when members complete their term of office and may be replaced. Information on the appointment and election of school governors is available from the Department of Education website.

How to get involved in other countries

Parent and community participation in school governance varies from country to country. Contact your local school to enquire how to get involved.