£1 million to help schools recruit high-calibre governors
June 1, 2015
Recently the government announced a new online tool and support for schools who find it difficult to recruit the expertise they need on their governing body. More than £1 million has been pledged by the government to help this initiative. The government see the quality of school governance as an important part of their plan for education and this can only be achieved with experienced and knowledgeable governors being appointed to help schools improve and hold headteachers to account.
The funding will be provided by a new partnership between SGOSS - Governors for Schools (who will receive £730,000) and the Education and Employers Taskforce (who will receive £280,000). The online tool will help schools search for suitable volunteers and more bespoke support. SGOSS have been recruiting school governor volunteers since January 2000 and in the past 2 years have recruited over 8,000 volunteers.
Both SGOSS and the Education and Employers Taskforce are founding members of the Inspiring Governors Alliance (launched in May 2014) and are supported by ASCL and NAHT, as well as the National Governors’ Association (NGA).
Please remember that if you are a school struggling to recruit a governor who specialises in finance then help is at hand with the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) and CABA (Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association) joining forces to launch www.icaewvolunteers.com.
The service provided by the website is free of charge and enables schools (and other charities) to post volunteering roles that both ICAEW members and the general public can apply for.
A number of schools have been very successful in finding a governor via this resource so it is worth a look if you are struggling to recruit.